A French mountaineer scaling Mont Blanc has stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires lost for decades after a plane crash.
The jewels, which have an estimated value of about £207,000, (about $344,000) lay hidden among ice crystals in a metal box that was likely to have been on board an Indian plane that crashed 47 years ago. The box contained about 100 gems, with some of their sachets bearing the stamp “Made in India.”
The climber, who is reportedly in his early twenties and wants to remain anonymous, found the box earlier this month on the Glacier de Bossons, which is part of the Mont Blanc mountain range. (Photo: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)