Climber scores $84K of jewels lost in Mont Blanc plane crash

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It’s a lucky Alps trekker for the finder, the keepers.

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc council said Friday that climbers searching for precious jewels on Mont Blanc will keep half the treasure.

The unknown climber came across emeralds and sapphires worth nearly $169,000 while climbing the French peak in 2013. Luck was on the mountain’s Bossons Glacier from January 24, 1966, when an Air India plane crashed at Mont Blanc on its way to Mumbai. , killing 117 and depositing debris in the highest butte of the Alps.


The fate of the prized cache has been in the balance since its discovery eight years ago, as authorities searched for the bounty’s original owners or their descendants, to no avail.

The emerald and sapphire stacks are believed to have come from an Air India plane crash in 1966.
Marie de Chamonix-M. Courtesy of

“Following the discovery of heirs that turned out to be infructuous, this week the stones were shared by two gemologists between the municipality of Chamonix and. [discoverer],” the council wrote in a statement. shared on facebook, Half the gems will be on display at the Chamonix Crystal Museum, which will reopen on December 19 after renovations.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Council Examining Gemstones
Half of the jewelry worth more than $84,000 will be on display at the Chamonix Crystal Museum.
Marie de Chamonix-M. Courtesy of
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a spokesman for the council told CNN That the value of each of the two gems is estimated at $84,350.

The climber – who discovered the jewels in the metal box where they lived for 50 years since the plane crash – is “overjoyed” by the council’s decision, Guardian informed of. Furthermore, he doesn’t “regret being honest” about his discovery and is content to take half the money, part of which he hopes to use for the renovation of his apartment, He told the Parisian,

The 1966 crash was carried forward by another in 1950, which inspired many conspiracy theories over the years, and not just because of the treasure: the accident from which the jewels came, India’s nuclear program leader Homi Jehangir Bhabha was killed . To date, climbers have uncovered artifacts from the rubble, including human remains.

Mont-Blanc Jewels Burial Treasure
A French newspaper depicts the site of the fatal accident in which 117 people died.
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