Information about Carat Weight
- Carat or Karat? History and Origin
Carat of Karat? This
confuses many people but the correct word is carat! It is sometimes
incorrectly spelled as “karat” which refers to the fineness of pure gold
and gold alloys. What about the history and origins of the word 'carat'?
Where does the term 'carat' originate? The word carat derives from the
Greek word 'keration' meaning fruit of the carob. The Carob tree (Ceratonia
siliqua) is an evergreen tree, with an edible pod containing seeds,
which is native to the Mediterranean region. The seeds of the Carob were
used on precision scales as units of weight for small quantities of
precious gemstones because of their uniform size. The weight of an
average carob seed is 200 milligrams. The weight of one carat is
precisely 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.
defines the weight, not the size, of a Diamond
The term 'carat'
is often misunderstood to mean the size of a diamond. The size of a
diamond relate to the dimensions or measurement in terms of length,
width and height. The carat weight is the standard unit of measure
that defines the weight of a diamond.
definition can be used to clarify Carat Weight: