Usually when you buy jewelry, the seller often describes it in terms of “Karats” or “Carat”. Well, what exactly does the “Karat” or “Carat” mean?
What is the Carat?
A carat is a unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones. The word “carat” is derived from the Arab word for carob, as carob seeds were used in early trading days to determine the weight of diamonds.
One carat weighs 200 milligrams, or one-fifth (.2) of a gram. This standard has been in use worldwide since 1914, when it was proposed by the International Committee on Weights and Measures.
Sometimes one carat is referred to as 100 “points”, so that a diamond of 75 points weighs .75 carats. Carat-weight is the easiest of the 4C’s to determine.
Know more about 4C’s of diamond.
What’s the difference between Karat and Carat?
We are often confused over the differing use of “carat” and “karat”. The Karat is a gold unit for purity, gold Jewelry is made with different karat (abbreviated kt or K), such as 10 karat, 12 karat, 14 karat, and 18 karat. High karat gold Jewelry means more pure jewelry with fewer alloys used.
As explained above Carat is a unit of weight for diamonds, other gemstones and pearls.