Gem Hunt (1 x 60′) – Follows veteran gem dealer Ron LeBlanc, geologist Bernie Gadboury and jewelry maven Diane Robinson as they travel to remote regions of Madagascar in search of gemstones they can turn into a small fortune. There’s much profit to be made from these rocks, but buyers must be skilled in spotting flaws, “fake” synthetic stones and knowing when – and just how much – to bargain. As LeBlanc and his team hunt for rare pink sapphires, premium blue sapphires and the country’s finest aquamarines, they get more than they bargained for when they are offered a $700,000 piece of giant aquamarine that is about to be whisked out of the country. After many failures they find what they came for – half a pound of aqua which Ron hopes can be cut into a huge and valuable jewel in a secret gem factory in Bangkok, Thailand.
Channel: Travel Channel
TX: 3rd June 2012