When tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania in 1967, the local people were torn in their feelings about this precious new gem. On the one hand, it provided work for many who needed an income, but on the other, there were various concerns about the ways in which it was mined. In the early days, rumours of mining accidents and dangerous working conditions were prominent in the Tanzanian communities. Furthermore, local people were concerned that with the influx of foreigners and foreign companies mining in the area, the majority of the funds generated were being taken out of Tanzania, instead of boosting the Tanzanian economy.
Today, tanzanite is mined ethically in safe and fair working conditions. This unique gem brings an income to thousands of people, and has had a major impact on the Tanzanian economy. Thanks to the purchases of tanzanite, the day-to-day lives of people in the local communities has improved significantly. The Maasai tribe and people in surrounding areas of Tanzania have access to an income, and better living conditions.