Gem experts split the catch equally between the climber and the council, with each lot worth $75,000 ($84,350), a council spokesman told DailyExpertNews on Tuesday.
The gems were shared equally between the commune and the climber who found them on Mont Blanc.
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The municipality will display its stones at the Chamonix Crystal Museum, which is currently under renovation and will reopen on December 19, according to the Facebook post.
The municipality said the gems were transported aboard an Air India Boeing 707, the “Kanchenjunga”, which crashed into Mont Blanc in 1966, killing 117 people.
The crash is the subject of conspiracy theories suggesting that the flight, which was carrying the father of India’s nuclear industry, Homi Bhabha, was shot down by a fighter jet or missile.
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe.
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Another Air India plane, the “Malabar Princess”, crashed in the same area in 1950, killing all 48 people on board.
Debris from the wrecks routinely emerges from the bottom of the glacier, including metal, wire and even a piece of landing gear discovered in 1986, according to a Mont Blanc tourist site.
In July 2020, a cache of preserved newspapers from 1966 emerged from the melting glacier in France.
Among the papers was the January 20 issue of India’s National Herald, announcing the election of Indira Gandhi as the country’s first female prime minister.