Mine Hunters

Mine Hunters

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Renowned gem hunter Guy Clutterbuck is on a mission to find the world’s most precious gems. To do this, he has assembled a specialist squad; an Aussie miner, an American engineer, an American gold prospector and explosives expert, and a British ex-Army mechanic. Together they’ll travel to the farthest reaches of the globe to source small scale gem mines that produce rubies, emeralds, sapphires and all manners of precious stones. But gem mining has a shady reputation so Guy and his team plan to do things differently. They will find ethical mines, and working alongside the local miners, they’ll combine their Western know-how with local knowledge to find these precious rough gems that the team can then buy, cut and sell for a profit. This is a high-stakes gem hunt that could make them, and the local communities working with them, a lot of money. Each mission is high risk, full of real life jeopardy and extreme environments. From the muddy pit mines of Madagascar and the spectacular emerald rich mountain caves of Colombia to the barren Arctic landscape of Greenland where blood red rubies spill across the rocky wasteland, the team will take on the elements, terrain, and even each other on their epic mission – crucially putting their own money and reputations on the line.
Renowned gem hunter Guy Clutterbuck is on a mission to find the world’s most precious gems. To do this, he has assembled a specialist squad; an Aussie miner, an American engineer, an American gold prospector and explosives expert, and a British ex-Army mechanic. Together they’ll travel to the farthest reaches of the globe to source small scale gem mines that produce rubies, emeralds, sapphires and all manners of precious stones. But gem mining has a shady reputation so Guy and his team plan to do things differently. They will find ethical mines, and working alongside the local miners, they’ll combine their Western know-how with local knowledge to find these precious rough gems that the team can then buy, cut and sell for a profit. This is a high-stakes gem hunt that could make them, and the local communities working with them, a lot of money. Each mission is high risk, full of real life jeopardy and extreme environments. From the muddy pit mines of Madagascar and the spectacular emerald rich mountain caves of Colombia to the barren Arctic landscape of Greenland where blood red rubies spill across the rocky wasteland, the team will take on the elements, terrain, and even each other on their epic mission – crucially putting their own money and reputations on the line.

Season 1 (8 episodes)

  • 1. Colombian Emeralds

    Original air date: 01/19/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 01/19/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. The Mine Hunters are in Colombia, traveling to mountaintop emerald mines on the hunt for a mine that can produce a crystal-clear Chivor emerald. It could be their most dangerous mission. Only recently Colombian emerald mines were part of a “Green War,” and even today paramilitary forces, the government, and emerald barons are caught in conflict. To succeed here the team must keep a low profile.

  • 2. Seven Sapphires

    Original air date: 01/26/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 01/26/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. The Mine Kings hunt for sapphires of seven different colors in Madagascar.

  • 3. Blood Red Rubies

    Original air date: 02/02/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 02/02/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. The Mine Kings touch down on the top of the world and help locals mine their own land.

  • 4. King Sapphire

    Original air date: 02/09/2016 Runtime: 46:11 min.

    Original air date: 02/09/2016 Runtime: 46:11 min. The Mine Kings travel to the south of Sri Lanka on the hunt for a small-scale ethical mine that could produce one of the rarest sapphires of all — the legendary Padparadja.

  • 5. Dynamite Garnet

    Original air date: 02/16/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 02/16/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. The team is in Tanzania, hunting for an ethical mine that produces Africa’s infamous pink garnets.

  • 6. African Aquamarine

    Original air date: 02/23/2016 Runtime: 46:09 min.

    Original air date: 02/23/2016 Runtime: 46:09 min. The Mine Hunters travel to Zambia searching for an ethical small-scale mine producing one of the most sought after stones in the country – the highly elusive double-blue aquamarine.

  • 7. Black Opal

    Original air date: 03/01/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 03/01/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. The Mine Kings travel to Lightning Ridge, north of Sydney in Australia, on the hunt for a small-scale mine that could produce one of the rarest and most valuable opals on the planet – the Black Opal.

  • 8. Explosives and Emeralds

    Original air date: 03/08/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 03/08/2016 Runtime: 46:10 min. There’s a reason emeralds are so expensive - the best ones are rare and hard to mine. To find Zambia’s legendarily rich vein of emeralds, the Mine Hunters will have to dig deeper and remove more earth than they have ever done before. It’s an adventure that will test Jimmy’s excavator skills and Fred and John’s explosives knowledge. But will they hit the clear green gem layer they are after?