A Tanzanian miner, Saniniu Kuryan Lazier, has sold a Tanzanite stone for $2million (N773,180,000) weeks after he went viral for mining two gems.
How Africa reports that the stone is a blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite and has only been found in northern Tanzania.
The 52-year-old miner and father of over 30 children said that he would use the money from the sale to help his local people.
“With the money we are getting, we will give back to our community. I personally have set up two schools for children with the money I received from mining,” he said.
It should be noted that miners like Lazier carry out their activities under the licenses given by the government. However, illegal mining is still a big issue in the country.Though the lucky miner said he would not change his lifestyle, he said that he would kill one of his cows to celebrate the win.
Another thing worthy of note is that the stone is used in things accessories such as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
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