"St Joseph des Mines de Poux" amethyst quarry

Re-launch the exploitation of French minerals, in an innovative, optimized, more sustainable way, and at human-scaled projects !

Project visual "St Joseph des Mines de Poux" amethyst quarry
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Contributions
18/05/2022
End date
€20.310
Out of €20.000
102 %

"St Joseph des Mines de Poux" amethyst quarry

Welcome to our adventure ! This is the first project of modern amethyst quarry in metropolitan France. The largest amethyst deposit in Europe, a fine, purple-coloured stone, is located in the Livradois region (Puy de Dôme, French Massif Central) . Our project aims to open a micro-quarry (2.6 ha, 5 ac 40 ft²) on one of the veins of this deposit, in order to relaunch the mining of French amethyst in an ethical, optimized and legal way. This amethyst will be dedicated to various markets from decoration/outdoor ornaments, to jewelry, including decorative objects, collectible pieces, etc. At the same time, the project will valorize the granitic materials around the vein that has to be excavated to give us access to the amtehyst. No wastes ! The micro-quarry will therefore have a double production: amethyst and construction materials (sands and aggregates). Our experiences in the domain of international mineralogy showed us that it is quite unethical (even in France) : in matter of work conditions, security, salaries, environment or legal aspects of exploitation sites, only a few people seem concerned. The project therefore also has an ethical and environmental aspect by proposing an alternative local model, optimized, secure and innovative, which will respect French standards, employees, and its environment. We have been working on this project for four years now to make it to its present version, as complete as possible. It is now almost ready to be launched, but for that we need your help. Read more about us on our website.

Allocation of funds

Why do we need your donations today? The answer is unfortunately very simple and down-to-earth: on one hand, quarry projects require almost all of their overall investment needs at the opening of the site, and on the other hand they are subject to heavy administrative procedures, accompanied by costly issues (studies, diagnosis, initial states of the environment, etc.). We have built this ambitious project by ourselves, two enthusiasts: Nicolas LEGER, gemologist-lapidary, and myself, Mathieu MOULIN, engineer-geologist. We put all our personal resources into it, along with our professional skills. Now, to launch it, we have yet to find the starting amount of investment which will grant us to acces to bank loaning. Since the beggining of this adventure, we have wished to involve the public with us. It started from offering touristic visits of the site, and now it also takes this additionnal aspect. We do not ask you to finance us totally, the first objective of this campaign is a step from which we will be able approach investors. However, the more you will help us, the more it will be easy for us to convince an investor, unlock the loan and launch the project ! Help us show the world that French people are still competent, competitive, and that they know how to properly manage their natural resources ! This will be the first official amethyst quarry in modern French history !

Rewards

Featured reward

Crystallised piece of amethyst

€100

  • 42 contributions
As a counterpart of your donation, you will recieve a unique crystallised piece of amethyst from the vein that will be exploited. It has been extracted during the prospection campaign. This unique piece will be delivered with a certificate of origin and authenticity. Also, your name will apear on the donors list. Dimensions and aspect may vary (natural mineral covering, number and shape of crystals, etc.). The piece will wheight between 250 to 400 g.

Estimated delivery: September 2022

Visit our site and collect amethyst

€10

  • 6 contributions
By chosing this counterpart, you will recieve a thank you e-mail along with a ticket that will allow you to : come visit our site (ticket for one adult) with a guide that will explain to you how the amethyst from Auvergne was formed (explainations in Fr or En) ; observe an amethyst vein in its natural state ; dig and pick up your own amethysts. This ticket will be valid from 2022/06/04 au 2022/09/30. You will have to make a reservation in advance (mini 72h) by e-mail at reservation-visite@cominauv.fr, and show your ticket to the guide when you come.

Estimated delivery: May 2022

Family visit pack

€25

  • 14 contributions
By chosing this counterpart, you will recieve a thank you e-mail along with a ticket that will allow you to : come visit our site with your family (up to two adults and two children) with a guide that will explain to you how the amethyst from Auvergne was formed (explainations in Fr or En) ; observe an amethyst vein in its natural state ; dig and pick up your own amethysts. This ticket will be valid from 2022/06/04 au 2022/09/30. You will have to make a reservation in advance (mini 72h) by e-mail at reservation-visite@cominauv.fr, and show your ticket to the guide when you come.

Estimated delivery: May 2022

GN pack (Generous Donator)

€50

  • 12 contributions
By chosing this counterpart, your name will appear in the list of our donors, which will be displayed on a slab at the entrance of the quarry, and you will recieve a thank you e-mail along with a ticket that will allow you to : come visit our site with your family (up to two adults and two children) with a guide that will explain to you how the amethyst from Auvergne was formed (explainations in Fr or En) ; observe an amethyst vein in its natural state ; dig and pick up your own amethysts. This ticket will be valid from 2022/06/04 au 2022/09/30. You will have to make a reservation in advance (mini 72h) by e-mail at reservation-visite@cominauv.fr, and show your ticket to the guide when you come.

Estimated delivery: February 2023

Discovery VIP week-end

€1.500

  • 2 contributions
Do you want to discover the minerals of Auvergne and the local extractive past? By opting for this compensation, we will guide you during a week-end (2 days) to various mineralized deposits and historical places linked to the local extractive industry. You will be able to choose your journey from our list of places, and possibly be initiated to the lapidary art. You will also be on the table of our donors. Terms: Reservation required, at least 1 month in advance, between 04/06 and 02/10/2022, at reservation-visite@cominauv.fr. Valid for a maximum of 5 people. Local transport and lunches included, accommodation not included.

Estimated delivery: May 2022

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