An African miner has raked in millions after striking lucky three times with some of the biggest and rarest gem stones ever found.
Saniniu Laizer, 52, a amateur Tanzanian miner and cattle farmer became an overnight millionaire in June when he sold on two rare Tanzanite stones he found, for £2.6m.
The first two record-breaking stones weighed a hefty 15 kg combined and Mr Laizer said he would put money back into his local community in Simanjiro district in Manyara.
Just months later and he's and sold another striking gem, weighing a whopping 6.3kg for the handsome sum of £1.5m.
Mr Laizer's finds have broken previous records for tanzanite, which was set at 3.5kg for a single stone.
Speaking last month the miner said how he wanted use the unexpected windfall to help his community thrive.
"I want to build a shopping mall and a school,” Mr Laizer said. “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.
"I am not educated but I like things run in a professional way. So I would like my children to run the business professionally."
The bright mineral, which comes in shades of blue, green and purple, is only found in northern Tanzania and prized for its decorative qualities.
The find is even more extraordinary as local geologists estimates the gem supply may completely run out in just 20 years.
The precious stone's appeal lies in its rarity, far more rare than diamond, and variety of hues, including green, red, purple and blue.
The world’s only Tanzanite field, near the Mererani Hills, is about four miles long and just over a mile wide.