Carrot, Karat, or Carat?
Do you know, or have you ever wondered what the differences between carat, karat, and carrot are? They may all sound the same, but they have completely different meanings.
I don’t think we need to explain what a carrot is as I am sure all of you know and have already eaten the orange veggie before. But what is the difference between a carat and a karat? The simple answer is that one is a unit of pureness and the other is a unit of weight.
A karat is a unit that is used to measure the pureness of gold. Pure gold is 24 karats where one gold karat is 1/24th part of pure gold. For example, an engagement ring made of 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metal will give as an 18-karat gold ring. Pure gold is soft and is often mixed with other metals for extra strength or to alter its colour. The term “karat” is mainly used in the US and Canada where other countries, like the UK, use the word “carat”.
Besides other countries using the same word for the pureness of gold, a carat is also used as a unit of weight for diamonds and other types of gemstone. A carat can easily be converted into other units of weight; 1 carat equals 0.20 grams or 200 milligrams.
Pop into our store on 5 Mary Street, Dublin City Centre, where we will be glad to explain the what the differences between all three are.