What’s the Difference Between Karats, Carats, and Carrots?

When you start to invest in gold and diamonds, it’s important to know the terminology associated with each trade. Each of these investment opportunities uses karats or carats as a form of measurement. However, there are a few differences in how carats and karats are measured.


Carats are a unit of measurement used specifically for diamonds. While most people believe that carat refers to the size of the diamond, it actually refers to the weight. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. While diamonds are priced on their weight, or how many carats they are, they are also priced based on their cut, clarity, and color.


Unlike carats, karats don’t refer to the weight of gold, but they instead refer to their purity. Gold ranges from 9 karats to 24 karats with 24 karats being 100% pure gold. Often, people will choose 14-karat gold for jewelry since it is extremely durable and more affordable than other karats. 14-karat gold is about 60% pure gold and 40% other metals. 18-karat gold is another popular choice since it is about 75% pure gold. 18-karat gold also has gorgeous color quality and is very durable. Since 18-karat gold has a very high gold content, it is less likely to irritate the skin.


Carrots are a delicious root vegetable, and a great healthy choice to add to a meal. They also make a delicious snack on their own!

We Buy Gold, Silver, and Diamonds

If you have gold, silver, and diamonds you’d like to sell, you can bring them into CA Gold and Silver Exchange in Upland, California. We will test, weigh, and price your coins, bullion, and jewelry in our store. We also sell coins and bullion if you are looking to purchase or start investing. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.