Published July 2021  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 8 minutes
Kammererite is the rare purple and pink variety of Clinochlore.  The green variety of Clinochlore is Seraphinite.  All shades of Clinochlore have a high and sweet energy, making them a popular choice for crystal healing.  Kammererite was named after August Alexander Kämmerer, an eighteen-century Russian “mountain chemist” who studied the chemistry of crystals and their affect on the body.  Kammererite is a stone for kindness and generosity.  Its energy helps us to cultivate abundance and prosperity, without cultivating greed.  It encourages us to have a strong moral compass, but to be flexible, realistic and open-minded.


Kammererite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Kammererite has a sweet, sensible and easygoing energy that is a joy to be around. It inspires us to listen to the better angels of our nature and to be the kind of person we would be proud to call a friend. Kammererite encourages us to take care of other people and to graciously allow other people to take care of us too. It teaches us to engage in a pleasant give-and-take with others that is balanced and healthy, both in the short and long-term. Kammererite reminds us that we are all in this crazy world together, so be kind to one another and help each other feel at home. It sings of abundance, but not of greed. Kammererite’s expansive energy encourages us to be generous in our thoughts and actions, considering both current needs and the needs of future generations. It clears the aura and chakras and gives us endurance for our spiritual work. Kammererite coaches us to have a good moral compass, but be flexible rather than rigid in our beliefs. It remind us we are still learning and our beliefs must grow alongside us. It is attuned to the Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Virgo and Pisces. It is connected to the Elements of Storm and Earth and vibrates to the Master Number 55.

Metaphysical Properties Kammererite
Chakra Heart, Third Eye and Crown
Element Storm and Earth
Numerology 55
Zodiac Virgo and Pisces

Emotional Healing Properties

Kammererite guides us to our higher heart’s wisdom. It reminds us that many of our emotions and thoughts are transitory, like clouds in the sky, swiftly passing and often changing. It is good to feel them and acknowledge their message, but a wise person is careful not to confuse them with something more permanent. This is especially useful for emotions like irritation, boredom or infatuation, which are easily exaggerated if we ruminate upon them. Kammererite teaches us to feel our emotions, but to judge ourselves and others by something greater and more permanent. If emotions are clouds, our heart’s wisdom is as steady as a mountain. It is something we can always rely on, even if the clouds cover it for a little while and it is difficult to see. Kammererite reveals that our heart’s wisdom will always lead us forward in a way that is peaceful, balanced and kind. It is a lovely stone for celebrating friendship and alliances. It helps us be the kind of person that other people can rely on through thick and thin.

Mental Healing Properties

Kammererite encourages us to be very reasonable. It supports collaboration, diplomacy and win-win solutions. It clears away mental fog, so we can see situations accurately and not get distracted by unhelpful emotions. It inspires logic and helps us to focus on the important details without getting distracted by anything inconsequential. However, Kammererite reminds us to weigh the details carefully before deciding whether it’s important or inconsequential. It teases us to not jump to conclusions too quickly, but neither to get lost in the weeds. Instead, Kammererite helps us to be balanced and steady in our thinking and conclusions. Kammererite councils us to consider both sides of each story and to be open to new perspectives. It helps us to value truth and peace, more than the vindication of being right. It encourages us to be flexible and optimistic, while still having a strong spine and a thoughtful mind. Kammererite reminds us that for everyone to live in harmony, the balance between give-and-take needs to be appropriate for the current time and situation.

Physical Healing Properties

Kammererite is recommended whenever we are feeling stiff. This might mean we feel stiff in our thinking, clogged by a mental fogginess, a headache or a sinus infection. Kammererite helps us to be patient with our suffering and to take appropriate action so we can feel better as soon as possible. It reminds us that it’s normal to feel sad or irritable when we are sick and to be careful to not take those emotions out on other people. If we feel stiff in our muscles, Kammererite reminds us to exercise and stretch our body more often. It is a lovely talisman for yogis and dancers who want to be flexible and relaxed. Kammererite is also a great talisman if we have a tendency to ignore our body’s needs, for example neglecting healthy habits or avoiding the doctor. Kammererite inspires us to get back on track.

Kammererite Mineralogy

Where does Kammererite come from?

Kammererite is a rare crystal but has been found in small deposits in numerous locations. Beautiful specimens found in Austria, Ethiopia, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Turkey, United States (California, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington).

Mining and Treatments

Kammererite is mined in its primary location. In a few sites, such as the Pembe Gule Mine and Kop Krom Mine in Turkey, Kammererite crystals are the primary mineral. But in most sites, it is an accessary mineral and the main purpose of the mine is for Serpentine which may be mined for industrial or decorative uses. Kammererite is an extremely soft mineral and so can only be extracted using hand-tools.

All Kammererites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Kammererite is chromium-bearing Clinochlore, a Phyllosilicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray, shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Kammererite belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, whose tetrahedra connect at three corners to form hexagonal rings.  Kammererite is a red Clinochlore, a Chlorite mineral which is sometimes called Seraphinite.

Kammererite’s energy works well with its family – other  minerals. Try it in combination with ApophylliteCavansiteChrysocollaFuchsite, Lepidolite, MuscovitePetalitePrehnite and Serpentine. Or try it with Chlorite Quartz and Seraphinite.

Kammererite Formation and Crystal Associates

Kammererites are formed by regional and contact metamorphism, when Igneous rocks that are rich in Olivine (Peridot) and Chromium are transformed into Serpentine rocks.  Many of the most fabulous Kammererites on the market are from mines eastern Anatolia, in Turkey.  This is one of the most seismically active areas in the world, due to the due to the interactions of five tectonic plates.  Turkey itself is on the Anatolian plate, it is surrounded by the massive Eurasian plate in the north, the mid-size Arabian plate to the east, the massive African plate to the south, and the small Aegean Sea plate to the west.  The Anatolian plate is being squeezed counterclockwise, and the African plate is subducting beneath it.  All this geological activity can be seen and felt on the North Anatolian Fault, a fault line whose frequent earthquakes are similar to those on the San Andreas Fault in California.  This geological pressure also help produce exceptionally lovely crystals, including Kammererite.

Kammererite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Diopside, Grossular Garnet, Hessonite Garnet, Idocrase

Mineralogy Kammererite
Chemical Formula Mg5(Al,Cr)2Si3O10(OH)8
Cleavage Perfect
Color Pink and purple
Crystal System Monoclinic
Form/Habit Tabular, pseudohexagonal crystals
Fracture  Uneven
Hardness – Mohs Scale 2.5
Luminescence Unconfirmed, may be pale pink (long and short wave)
Luster Pearly to greasy
Mineral Family Phyllosilicates (Chromium-bearing Clinochlore)
Specific Gravity 2.6-2.9
Streak Pale yellow
Transparency Translucent to opaque

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