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Hotchkiss Tours With Rock Stars

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RockStars_March13.001100 million years ago, forged by fire and lava, a thousand feet below the earth’s surface, Mother Nature hid billions of dollars worth of precious gems. On “Rock Stars” you’ll meet the five miners from the Ocean View Mine in Pala, CA… and the regular people obsessed with striking it rich by discovering rare and valuable pieces of Jurassic Candy.

HOTCHKISS INDUSTRIES TOURS WITH ROCK STARS

Los Angeles, CA. April 10, 2014

Hotchkiss Industries, the creator and production force behind This vs That (6X60), The Truth About Sex (10X30 Playboy TV), Invasion of the Christmas Lights (3X60 TLC), My Dad is Better than Your Dad (8X60 NBC) Punkin’ Chunkin (1X60 Science),  and 5 year writer on Politically Incorrect, has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Ocean View Gem Mine of Pala, CA to produce a factual entertainment television series titled: “Rock Stars.”

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The Ocean View Mine is the only fully staffed, working, underground gem mine in the US that still produces million dollar fines. Plus, the Ocean View is the only gem mine to allow “regular people,” gem enthusiasts, hobbyists, gemologists, scientists and families, the unique opportunity to sift, search and mine through the 100 million year old muck extracted from the mine’s core following the thrice weekly detonations that take place a quarter mile below the earth’s surface.

The rough stones are worth about $2500... once cut, they're valued closer to $20,000
The rough stones are worth about $2500… once cut, they’re valued closer to $20,000 each.

Kunzite, tourmaline, aquamarine, morganite, clevelandite, citrine, amethyst and quartz are just some of the rare and precious stones found at the Ocean View. While the professional miners are focused on the mine’s large gem pockets – because of how this gem rich area was formed by the unique coalescence of fire, lava, gas and minerals – the adjacent and adjoining soil and pegmatite is also rich with the same variety of rare and valuable stones.

As recently as two years ago, the Ocean View celebrated a million dollar find that yielded the largest kunzite discovery in the mine’s 100 year history. Plus, a tourmaline specimen valued at nearly 30 million dollars discovered inside the Ocean View Gem Mine is on permanent display at the Smithsonian museum, in Washington, DC.

Following detonations inside the mine, the gem rich "muck" is brought to the surface, where visitors can search it for gems.
Following detonations inside the mine, the gem rich “muck” is brought to the surface, where visitors can search it for gems.

Of the Ocean View’s unique “Dig For Gems” program, where regular people pay a nominal fee to screen and sift through the mine’s muck, mine owner, Jeff Swanger said, “Every week, I see people leave here with stones they found worth as much as 10-thousand dollars.”

Hotchkiss Industries president, Jon Hotchkiss said: “The Ocean View Gem mine is literally where the precious gems are found that adorn a princess’s tiara or a king’s scepter or crown.” Hotchkiss added, “These are the precious gems that become the centerpieces of exquisite and expensive jewelry sold at the finest shops on 5th Avenue and Rodeo Drive. And yet, anyone with time, patience and luck could have the same stones for just $60 bucks, the mine’s nominal entrance fee.”

These 28 sticks of dynamite will blow 4 feet further into the mine... and create nearly 50 tons of muck.
These 28 sticks of dynamite will blow 4 feet further into the mine… and create nearly 50 tons of muck.

Hotchkiss Industries, headed by 11-time Emmy nominated creator, writer, EP, and director Jon Hotchkiss, is currently pitching the project to both networks and potential production partners.

Contact: Jon@JonHotchkiss.com

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