Then they have risked loss of their treasure in the court system
for this vague gain which now seems like a stupid gamble.
Not that it really matters, but I think my scenario os probably
close to the truth.
You're a tourist or just an amateur looking for "the big score".
Maybe in Columbia where they see you're Bermuda shorts as a target
on your back.
"Hey man, we have this HUGE LOAD OF EMERALDS (many or which are
actually white beryl) but we can't get it out of the country/my
mother is sick/we can't pay the taxes/we just need financing in
general/we just think you make a good mark. It's worth millions of
dollars but we'll sell it to you, because you're such a good person,
for $50,000 cash, just because we are desparate".
Eyes light up and gleam with greed. "We're rich, we're rich! Unntold
wealth! We have 65,000 emeralds!" First off, emeralds are traded by
the carat, and second how would they know they had 65K of them when
they are on the ocean floor?
Then you try to sell it and find that nobody wants to buy it at any
price. It's the stuff they shovel out of the way to get to the real
emeralds, and they have been had.
So - remember the Titanic. Dinner plates for a thousand bucks,
toothpicks for a hundred, because people want a piece of history.
Imagine if somehow we could concoct some history - then we could
sell these rocks....... Or maybe we'll just get $10 million from
investors and declare bankuptcy........
Even decent emeralds look like a 7-Up bottle. Green, reasonably
clear. None of those on TV were remotely like that. Even a 17th
century trading ship wouldn't waste the cargo space to carry them
across the ocean.