PREMIERE: October 15, 2013 at 10 p.m.
CAST: Narrator J.V. Martin with gem hunter Ron LeBlanc, geologist Bernie Gaboury and jewelry maven Diane Robinson
ACCORDING TO THEIR WEBSITE:
"Gem Hunt follows a team of modern treasure hunters on their high-stakes quest for the world's most precious stones. Their global journey takes them to some of the planet's busiest and riskiest trading regions. Fascinating, exciting, unpredictable and embedded in some of the most remote locations, Gem Hunt follows gem dealer Ron LeBlanc, jewelry expert Diane Robinson and geologist Bernie Gaboury as they maneuver through mines, markets and tense negotiations in search of the world’s biggest, brightest and most profitable jewels.
International gem dealing is no place for the uninitiated. It’s the real-life world of Indiana Jones: back-street deals, gun-toting gangs, murder and corruption. But ex-smuggler Ron LeBlanc knows the lay of the land, and after 30 years in the business, he plays the game with finesse.
The deal isn’t the whole story, though. Just getting to these mines is an adventure requiring incredible stamina. Rough roads, bumpy helicopter rides and long dusty hikes are all part of the journey. And once the gem hunters reach their destination, the negotiating begins. Ron and his team know that if you show your hand too early, you can lose big time. Come along for the ride as the 3 gem hunters search for stones amounting to a small fortune in the upcoming season of Gem Hunt, premiering Oct. 15 at 10|9c."
Veteran Gem Dealer, Treasure Hunter, Expert Negotiator
Ron LeBlanc is a “treasure hunter for hire” for high-net-worth clientele. As a naïve young man traveling in Morocco in the 1970s, Ron LeBlanc was fleeced by a merchant in Casablanca when he bought some worthless stones. Ashamed, LeBlanc vowed to learn the difference between junk and gems. He went on to study at the prestigious Gemological Institute of America and upon completion of his studies, began a series of international adventures – from Bangkok to Bogotá – in search of beauty and the perfect gem.
Jewelry Expert & Designer, Luxury Goods Advisor
Diane Robinson completed her MBA, specializing in Luxury Management, from the International University of Monaca in 2011. Robinson is also one of the founders of Madacana Holdings – a gem exploration company founded in 2004 that has a major pink sapphire deposit in Madagascar.
Geologist, Master Lapidary, Gemstone Exploration Specialist
A geoscientist and professional gem cutter, Bernie Gaboury holds a B.S. degree in Physical Chemistry and a M.S. in Exploration Geochemistry. His professional life has ranged from working in nuclear research facilities to roles as an exploration geologist, project manager and co-founder of a mining company involving emeralds in Yukon Territory, Canada.
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