Thomas' Story

I’ve been traveling and looking for extraordinary minerals for over 40 years. During this time I learned that many people, even those with world-class collections, don’t always understand what it takes to get minerals.

People have always asked me what it’s like to travel to remote areas, what the people and cultures are like, and how minerals are found, mined and transported undamaged. But the most frequently asked question is always “Can I go with you?” Because I have a successful career, I get to travel and meet interesting people through my work and enjoy my life. I’ve always wanted to give something back to the mineral community. One day back in 2009, I was having my morning coffee when the idea hit me. I would film my trips to the mines! This would be an opportunity to take my friends and collectors with me to share my adventures.

Little did I know at the time that this idea would evolve into a truly authentic series called Mineral Explorers about gems and minerals that offers education, excitement, and entertainment. How we got from there to here is another story! And what a ride it’s been! A special thanks to all of you who’ve enjoyed the shows. It’s been so much fun to create them.