When speaking about jewelry, there are many different terms to learn and become quite familiar with. One of the most commonly misused and misspelled words in the industry is Carat & Karet. Many people tend to confuse the spelling of carat or karat with caret, and yes, even carrot. The misuse of this word can come verbally or when typing it out when requesting a jewelry quote. 

 By knowing the difference between each of these, you can better understand the jewelry business and how some of the most popular jewelry finishes are measured. Professional jewelers such as All In Faith, off many different types of jewelry made from different materials that are measured in carats. Today, we are going to look at the correct spelling of the two, and the many definitions of commonly misused words.

A Carat is a measurement of weight for gemstones such as diamonds. For example, a specific diamond can be measured in “two-carats”. 1 carat is going to be equal to 200mg when measuring out the diamond or even pearls. So for a two carat diamond, you are getting a diamond that weighs 400mg. This is often confused with the word Karat.

A Karet is a measurement of weight for gold in an alloy. For example, a ring or necklace could be made of 24 karat gold. 24 karat gold is pure gold while 18 karat gold is a measurement of an alloy that is 75% gold. Anything less than 24 karat gold is going to have a mixture of a different alloy with the gold. Typical gold percentages within common carats are as follows: 10K is 41.7% gold, 14K is 58.5% gold, 18K is 75% gold, 22K is 91.7% Gold, and 24K is 100% gold. Alloy is added to gold to give it specific desired properties such as different colors or hardnesses. 

A Caret is a mark that an author or editor uses to show were something needs to be inserted into a text. For example, an author will mark a caret in the text to show that a word needs to be inserted between two words. This has nothing to do with jewelry but is sometimes found as a misspelling when trying to reference Carat or Karat.

A carrot is an orange vegetable that is grown in the ground and has no relation to jewelry. While this is not one of the most used misspellings, it sounds similar to carat and karat, which can make it confusing for those who are not familiar with jewelry terminology. While this seems pretty self explanatory, this type of misuse does occur frequently.

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Knowing the difference between these 4 words can make it much easier to understand the type of jewelry you can choose from. The experts at All In Faith can help you distinguish between Carats and Karats and make choosing a new necklace that fits your style, much easier. Their full line of faith based, sports inspired jewelry can give sports fanatics a wide selection of jewelry to choose from. With years of experience in the industry, high quality products and industry leading customer service, you can rest assured that your jewelry is in good hands with All In Faith.