A miner in Tanzania struck gold (quite literally) after he dug up 2 incredibly rare gemstones, making him a millionaire overnight.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear what the lucky miner plans to do with his new fortune...
Out of all the gemstones in the world, Tanzanite is by far the most sought after.
via: GettyThe rare stone, which is loved for it's blue and violet hues, is one of the most desired gemstones in the world... And it is certainly one of the most expensive.
The stones are valued by rarity...
via: GettyThe finer the color or clarity, the higher the price. And, in the past, these rare finds have been known to sell for millions of dollars.
It has become somewhat of a status symbol over the years...
via: GettyAnd many celebrities and high-profile figures are known to adorn the gem, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who can be seen above wearing Tanzanite earrings.
But, as you can probably assume, Tanzanite is notoriously difficult to acquire.
via: GettyThe gem is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area near the Mererani Hills.
It is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth...
via: GettyAnd one local geologist estimates that its supply may be entirely depleted within the next twenty years, according to the BBC.
Over the years, local miners have worked tirelessly in the hope of finding the rare stone...
via: GettyBut only a handful have ever succeeded.
But now, after years of valiant efforts and tireless searching...
via: GettyOne miner has finally struck gold... Or purple, in this instance.
Saniniu Laizer is the latest miner to successfully mine the rare gemstone.
via: GettyThe fifty-two-year-old who comes from the Simanjiro district in Manyara, and has 4 wives and thirty children, mined 2 of the stones last week.
The stones each weigh 20.28lbs and 12.78kg...
The record holding Tanzanite stones, found recently by Saniniu Laizer, a micro scale miner in Tanzania. They weigh… https://t.co/7RfFmjtazS— msonobari (@msonobari)1592994351.0
So, of course, Laizer was paid very generously for his stones.
via: GettyDuring a local trading event on Wednesday, the miner earned a staggering $3.4 million from the country's mining ministry - In Tanzania Shillings, that's over TSh7 billion.
Tanzania's President, John Magufuli, phoned in to congratulate Mr. Laizer on the find.
via: Getty"This is the benefit of small-scale miners and this proves that Tanzania is rich," the president said.
It truly is the most remarkable find.
But how will Mr. Laizer be celebrating his newfound wealth?
via: IstimewaSpeaking about his fortune to the BBC, he simply said: "There will be a big party tomorrow."
It will be one hell of an occasion...
But, putting parties and cow slaughtering to one side...
Well, he has big plans to invest in his community.
via: Getty"I want to build a shopping mall and a school. I want to build this school near my home. There are many poor people around here who can't afford to take their children to school."
And he plans to train his children - all thirty of them - to run the business.
via: Getty"I am not educated but I like things to run in a professional way. So I would like my children to run the business professionally."
But he is adamant that the money will not change his lifestyle.
via: GettyHe plans to continue looking after his 2,000 cows, and he explained how he doesn't think he will need to take any extra precautions as a result of his sudden wealth.