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rafaelgan

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Spanish
When you talk about gold, they always say a number and then a word that start with "K" if I am not wrong.

What is the word in english?
 
  • AWordLover

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Karat tells about the percentage of impurities in gold. 24K is 100% pure gold. 18K is 75% gold and 25% something else.

    Pure gold is a very soft metal and would probably be too soft to make into a durable ring.
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    Sorry, they are two different words.
    Karat is the measurement of the percentage of pure gold in an alloy.
    Carat is a measurement of the weight of gemstones. A metric carat is 200 milligrams.
    They are different words in AE.

    In BE, we use only carat, now, for both the weight of a gem-stone and the quality of gold.
    UK gold is usually hallmarked with the caratage, in parts per 24, and the fraction, so 9 carat gold is also marked .375.
     
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