Miner hits jackpot finding largest-ever tanzanite gems

PHOTO: Saniniu Laizer earned 7.74bn Tanzanian shillings ($3.35m) from Tanzania’s mining ministry after finding the tanzanite gemstones, which had a combined weight of about 15kg - TANZANIA MINISTRY OF MINERAL

One Tanzanian miner’s day just got a lot brighter after finding the largest Tanzanite gems in history. The finding has now made him US$3.35 million richer, and he plans to share his newfound wealth with those around him.

Saniniu Laizer, the small-scale subsistence miner who made the discovery, said he will first have a party and then work on plans to build a school and shopping mall with the money from the gems.

Laizer said, “There are many poor people around here who can’t afford to take their children to school.”

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he two tanzanite gemstones are the largest ever found, according to the mines ministry. PHOTO: Tanzania Ministry of Minerals/Reuters

The Bank of Tanzania bought the two gemstones, which weigh 9.3 kilograms and 5.1 kilograms, and are about the size of a forearm. The small East African country last year set up trading centres around the country to allow artisanal miners to sell their gems and gold to the government.

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In 2018, officials built a wall around tanzanite mining concessions in northern Tanzania in an attempt to control illegal mining and trading activities. At that time, 40% of tanzanite produced there was reportedly being lost to cross-border smuggling. The rare gems are only found in a small northern region of Tanzania.

SOURCE: The Guardian

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