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.
"Security." Fear is in charge of security: he takes care of the team and their cash. Fear landed this role because he's the only member of Don's outfit with military experience. He's also an experienced gemstone buyer; Fear has worked in the gemstone and jewelry industry for over 15 years. After his military service, Fear left for a backpacking adventure in Australia.
While travelling throughout Australia, Fear began his first foray into gemstones, wheeling and dealing gem-set silver jewelry in the street markets of Sydney and Byron Bay. Childhood friends with Don Kogen for over 30 years, Fear joined Don at the international gem hub of Chanthaburi, Thailand in 1997, and together they joined forces at Thaigem.com in 1998.
While working at Thaigem.com, Fear not only gained extensive experience in trading gemstones, but also became proficient at selecting and heat treating raw gemstone crystals. A well-traveled, passionate gemstone professional, he has made numerous purchasing trips to India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China and more and has sold gemstones all over the world.
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