The 3 activities of La maison de l'Améthyste

Guided multimedia exhibition

The guide of La maison de l'Améthyste will explain to you the mysteries of the amethyst stone : how it is formed, composed, how it is related to the surrounding landscapes. Several photographs found in local people's attics will show you the history of amethyst exploitation in Le Vernet la Varenne and around. You will learn how the Catalans of the 16th century led their place to Joseph Demarty, founder of the Tailerie de Royat at the end of the 19th century and then how the vein was carved again in the 20th century and still is nowadays. You will also learn that this nice stone is useful for jewelry as well as for computers to work ...

Activity "Mineral, who are you?"

This morning activity (10 to 13 am) will introduce you to mineralogy. Through techniques of observation the geologist-guide will teach you how to sort out and identify the different sorts of stones and minerals. He initiate you how minerals will be polished.

Activity "Prospector Game"

You will go on the amethyste vein spot to learn to be a geologist and a prospector ! With a geolgist's saddle bag and tools, you will learn to prospect in the river, looking for minerals or precious metals ... You will also try to dig and collect stones and pieces of amethyst. You will go back home with what you will find ! (Activity from 2 to 5 pm, 30 people max., don't hestitate to call for information or booking)

Activities for schools

For school groups, La maison de l'Améthyste proposes activities with an educationnal animation validated by the Puy-de-Dôme Academic Inspection. Programme available in French here.