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what is a carat

Surely, throughout your life, with jewelry purchases you have heard of carats, but...Do you really know what a carat is and what does it tell us about the world of jewelry?

We tell you what a carat is in the jewelery sector to learn how to value jewels and carats.

18 carat ring, 5 carat diamond, necklace with 3.5 carat diamonds, carat with k...Surely all of this that we are telling you sounds like the thousands of advertisements that tell you about carats to measure the value of jewels, however, many of us do not know exactly what it refers to. We have always been taught that the more carats the better quality and higher price, this true?

Let's start discovering the #LavaniGirls what a carat is and how much a carat equals.


1. What is a carat

The word carat comes from "karat" an ancient unit of measurement used throughout history to measure the value and weight of gems and jewelry.

Today, the word "karat" has evolved to carat, becoming a unit of mass.

In conclusion, we can say that a carat is a unit of mass used in jewelry to measure the purity of jewels and gems, as well as their mass.

  • Carat as a unit of mass: the carat is used to measure the mass of jewelry. The abbreviation for carat to measure mass is ct. The ct will indicate the weight of the gem, being a fundamental element to measure its value later. Generally, the ct weight measurement is used as a unit of weight for gems, this weight usually varies between 0.05 ct to 5 ct.

Carat as a unit of diamond mass


  • Carat as a unit of purity: the carat is also used to measure the purity of gold, that is, to measure the total gold composition of a jewel, the greater the value, the more concentration of gold the jewel itself will have. The maximum concentration of gold in a jewel, that is, a jewel made entirely of gold will have a composition of 24k.
Carat as a unit of gold purity


2. Gold colors

There are different types of gold:

Yellow gold: It is the color of gold in its natural state, the golden color that comes to mind when we think of pure gold.

Yellow gold

Pink gold: Pink gold is obtained from the combination of gold with copper, a combination that gives rise to pink gold, one of the most successful trends in jewelry in recent years.

pink rose gold

White gold: white gold is a combination of pure gold with palladium, it is one of the most sought-after and scarce types of gold at the moment.

white gold white color


3. Guide to know the purity of gold

The purity of the gold can vary depending on the greater or lesser amount of gold that the jewel itself has. Although it is true that a 24k jewel will have a higher price and duration, it must be said that there are smaller compositions that are highly marketed, as they are much more affordable jewels with an average duration.

For example, 18k gold is widely sold due to its great resistance, greater than 18k when mixed with other metals that reinforce its hardness and color duration.

We want to show you a table that we have prepared so that you can understand what a carat is, its value and its percentage of gold composition:

24 karat
22 carat
18 carat
14 carat
12 carat
8 carat
6 carats
1 carat

Hopefully you have been able to understand what a carat is and what a carat really measures, in an easy way. You already have a beginner level to defend yourself in the world of jewelry.

At Lavani we work with 18k gold baths, which provide a long duration to the color of jewels with care, could you tell us what percentage of gold our gold baths have? Answer our questions on Insta@lavani.jewels. Now you can tell everyone what carats are!


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