History of Kammererite

Kammererite is a rare crystal and not widely known in the metaphysical community. Although it can form gorgeous crystals, it is so soft that it not suitable for jewelry and so is rarely in demand by gemologists. Kammererite was included in at least one 20th century lapidary, texts about gemstones and their powers. It is a purple-pink variety of a Clinochlore, a Chlorite mineral.

Kammererite was first studied in 1841 by the Finish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1792-1866). During his early life, Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden, but for most of his professional career, Finland belonged to Imperial Russia. Nordenskiöld studied and described numerous new minerals from Scandinavia and Russia, including the rare color-changing gemstone Alexanderite, which was named in honor of the Russian crown prince, the future Tsar Alexander II (1818-1881).

Nordenskiöld named Kammererite after his colleague in St Petersburg, August Alexander Kämmerer (1789-1858). Kämmerer was a mountain chemist and pharmacist who worked at the Mining Department of Russia. A mountain chemist is someone who studies minerals and elements, in order to better understand their affect on the human body. Kämmerer founded the first pharmacy in St. Petersburg and was a science teacher to the royal children, including crown-prince Alexander.

Alexander II benefited from his education and became a good ruler. He earned the title “The Liberator” for emancipating Russia’s serfs. He significantly reformed Russia’s judiciary system, encouraged local self-government, and lifted many of the restrictions on the Jewish population. The Tsar was pragmatic fiscally and militarily. He sold Alaska to the United States for the equivalent of $133 million, because the colony was losing money and if he sold it he wouldn’t have to worry about defending an overseas territory if war broke out.

Alexander II, Kammererite

Young Alexander II