Carion, the story of a passion...

Story of the Carion brand

Alain Carion has been passionate about "rocks" since he was five years old. He opened his first shop at the "Biron market", at the flea market of St Ouen, at the age of eighteen while continuing his studies. He then obtained the title of Doctor of Sciences in 1970 by presenting a thesis on lasers at the University of Paris VI.

He performs his military service as a scientist of the contingent and then makes the choice to devote himself entirely to the trade of minerals and fossils. Alain Carion discovers a meteorite in the Libyan desert

In 1972 he opened his own gallery at 92 rue St Louis en l'Ile, in the center of Paris.

About 40 years ago, he acquired his first meteorite. Since then, this passion for extraterrestrial objects has never left him.

He has the largest private collection of meteorites in France, it has also been exposed several times in prestigious places: the University of Paris VI Pierre and Marie Curie in 1994, 2004, 2009 and 2010, the MNHM of Paris in 1996, the Museum of Natural History of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, for the exhibition "Tombée du Ciel", the School of Mines of Paris in 1998 and Vulcania in 2003, at the Cantonal Museum of Geology of Lausanne in 2012 and currently at the University of Sorbonne until June 12, 2018.

He is a member of the Meteoritical Society since 1992 and has written several books on the subject.
In June 2000, he was admitted to the brotherhood of Saint-Georges of the Ensisheim meteorite guards. He then had some form of consecration when his caricature appeared in the Belgian comic book "Hunters Star" published by Dupuis, a symbol for the great admirer of "Gaston Lagaffe" he is.

In December 2004, Alain Carion was on Philippe Paillou's team during the second expedition on the new discovery of the largest land impact crater field in southern Egypt.

His son, Louis Carion, had the chance to travel with Theodore Monod to Mauritania and Egypt. Alain and Louis Carion traveled through many deserts and discovered about a hundred of these extraterrestrial rocks.

 Alain Carion in Bolivia on the Corocoro copper mine