French climber who stumbled upon a treasure of emeralds, rubies, sapphires

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  1. Chinatown

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    A climber who stumbled upon a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades on France's Mount Blanc has now been given half of the gems he found in a box.

    The climber, who has not been named, discovered the precious gems in 2013.

    It is believed that the box belonged to someone on board an Indian plane that crashed half a century earlier.

    In 1966 a second flight operated by India's national carrier hit the mountain, with 117 on board.

    Officials believe the precious stones are likely to have come from the 1966 flight, which was en route from Mumbai to New York when it crashed.

    Human remains have since been found on the mountain, as well as luggage belonging to those on board.

    In 2012, a bag carrying diplomatic mail from India was found. The bag contained newspapers, calendars and a personal letter from 1966.

    The physicist known as the "father" of India's nuclear programme, Homi J Bhabha, was among those killed in the 1966 crash.
     
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  3. austinmike

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    Wonder why he only got half. I would have zipped my lip.
     
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    The thrill of being known as the climber who found the box would outweigh the value of the jewels.
     
  5. Pamela1990

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    Disagree.
     
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    I wouldn't have said anything. Take the box home and then figure out what to do.
    Put the jewels in a cremation urn and throw the original box away. Yeah, that's grandma in that there box!
     
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