ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 4/4/14; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from Discovery's press release, February 2014) Billions of dollars in precious stones are unearthed each year, but the rarest never make it to the open market. That's where Don Kogen, America's most extreme gem hunter, comes in. Kogen is CEO of Gem Guys, Inc., and a legend in the business. He specializes in rare stones from the most dangerous and lawless places on earth, racing the clock to be the first to each new find, always staying one step ahead of the competition. GAME OF STONES, featuring the real adventures of Kogen and his crew, premieres on Discovery Friday, Feb. 28 at 10PM ET/PT. Kogen left school in Houston, TX as a pre-teen to travel to Thailand with his father. As a teenager, he was left to his own devices in a sink or swim situation and began to sell stones on the streets of a Thai gem trading town to survive. Kogen sacrificed much along his path to success, chasing his dreams for bigger and rarer stones which kept this gem addict's blood pumping. Kogen later returned to the U.S. and last year traveled to 50 countries in search of the rarest stones on earth, including Cambodia 'Sunset' Rubies, Royal Blue Sapphires, Canary Yellow Tourmaline and Transvaal Emeralds.