Horn | Gemopedia

Natural animal horns have been used for both practical purposes and adornment for millennia. Horn is distinctively beautiful with natural earthy to golden and one-of-a-kind color variations. Its soft nature lends to ornate carving.
Colors
Cream, Yellow, Brown to almost Black

Horn Classification

Common Name

Horn

Species

Horn

Variety

Colors

Cream, Yellow, Brown to almost Black

Alternate Names

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

appearance, RI and magnification

Comments

Horn Optical Properties

Transparency

Semitransparent - Opaque

Refractive Index

1.56

Birefringence

Optic Character

NA

Optic Sign

Polariscope Reaction

Singly Refractive (SR)

Fluorescence

SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Comments

Horn Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

keratin

Chemical Formula

horn of an animal such as a stag, rhino or bull

Synthesis

Crystal System

NA

Classification

Organic

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Amorphous

Comments

Horn Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

2.5

Streak

Specific Gravity

1.7-1.85

Toughness

Fair

Inclusions

Horn will have closely packed undulating fibrous structure that look like striations. Antlers are bone material and will have the characteristics of bone.

Luster

Vitreous

Stability

Fracture

Uneven, Splintery

Cleavage

None

Comments

JTV on Google+
0 Items
My Wish List
Close
Item
Description
Qty.
Price


Estimated Order Total:
0
Total Due Today:
0
Close
Item
Description
Qty.
Price


Page of 1