Tanzanite photos from Pili Husein
Ms Pili Husein who became rich overnight from two Tanzanites. FILE

Pili Hussein pretended to be a man because women weren't allowed to mine in Tanzania. Mining has been a source of income to the people in the north of Tanzania.

She built homes for her dad, mum and twin with 2 Tanzanite clusters.
Miners didn't know she was a woman until she was falsely accused of rape.

She now owns a mining company with 70 employees. These are rear Gemstones with the highest value in Africa.

Another Tanzanian Miner, Saniniu Laizer has become a US Dollar Millionaire overnight. He sold two massive Tanzanite stones he discovered for $3.4 million.

Tanzanite Photos and Videos
Tanzanite Miner, Saniniu Laizer became US Dollar Millionaire overnight.

Some small-scale miners like Mr Laizer acquire government licences to prospect for Tanzanite, but illegal mining is prevalent especially near mines owned by big companies.

In 2017, President Magufuli ordered the military to build a 24km (14-mile) perimeter wall around the Merelani mining site in Manyara, believed to be the world's only source of Tanzanite.

Tanzanite is only found in northern Tanzania and is used to make ornaments.

Photos of Tanzanite and what is used for

It is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth, and one local geologist estimates its supply may be entirely depleted within the next 20 years.
The precious stone's appeal lies in its variety of hues, including green, red, purple and blue.

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