Imagine you are out for a mountain hike. You look down and see a metal box just laying there, so naturally you bend down and pick it up. WHAM! Your eyes are met with a huge hoard of Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires! A huge treasure find!. That is exactly what happened to a 20 year old mountain trekker.
Mountaineer finds Indian treasure off Mont Blanc
A young French mountaineer scaling Mont Blanc has stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires buried for decades following a plane crash.
Valued at around 246,000 euros (£207,000), the jewels lay hidden among ice crystals in a metal box that was almost certainly on board an Indian plane that crashed in the desolate landscape 47 years ago.
The climber, reportedly in his early 20s and who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the box bearing around 100 gems earlier this month on the Glacier des Bossons. Some of the sachets containing the jewels bore the stamp “Made in India”.
Gendarmes in Bourg-Saint-Maurice were surprised when he handed in the trove and its glittering contents.
“This was an honest young man who very quickly realised that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier,” local gendarmerie chief Sylvain Merly told local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libérée. “He could have kept them but he preferred to give them to the police.” French authorities are contacting their Indian counterparts to trace the owner or heirs of the jewels.