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Mine Hunters

Mine Hunters

Photo Credit:  National Geographic Channels
  • Premiered: 
    January 19, 2016
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2014 TV special (Get Rich or Die Mining) 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: mining

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Plot Synopsis

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 in MINE HUNTERS, they 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 do things differently. They find ethical mines, and working alongside the local miners, they 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 to the spectacular emerald rich mountain caves of Colombia, the team takes on the elements, terrain, and each other, crucially putting their own money and reputations on the line. In each one-hour episode, the team explores a different mine for a different gem, including: the Arctic Ruby that can only be mined in summer in Greenland once the ice sheet has melted away to reveal them in the rocks; the Zambian Amish Emerald, a rare crystal as pure and clear as water; the Padparadscha Sapphire of Sri Lanka, a legendary gem that adorns Maharaja's crowns and that is so rare it has to be lab tested to prove it has the specific types and amount of colors to qualify for the name; the cloud-covered mountaintop emerald mines of the Chivor district in Colombia; and more.

Other Titles

  • Special originally aired in Australia as: The Aussie & The Mine King

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by RDF USA (Special)