Jewelry Page

KARAT or CARAT PART ONE

KARAT refers to the gold or platinum content of a piece of jewelry. Actually a fraction, once you know the formula, you can determine just how much gold or platinum is in a given piece of jewelry.

Here’s the trick:

  • 24Karat gold is the purest gold there is. Expressed as a fraction it is 24/24. If you do the math it equals 1/1 or one whole.
  • 18Karat gold is 18/24 (that is, 18 divided by 24) or 75 percent gold.
  • 14Karat gold is 14/24 (or 14 divided by 24) and equals 58.333 percent gold.
  • 10Karat gold would be 10/24 (or 10 divided by 24) and would contain 41.66 percent gold. (See, that wasn’t too hard!)

CARAT or KARAT PART TWO

CARAT is a unit of weight measurement that is exclusively used to denote the weight of precious gemstones. One Carat equals 1/10th. of one gram by weight.

To complicate things further, jewelers also use the term “points” when referring to gemstones. 100 points equals one Carat. So a 3/4 Carat diamond would also be a 75 point diamond.

SYNTHETIC VERSUS NATURAL DIAMONDS

Wooden Nickel Trading Co. does not sell cubic zirconium, or other artificial diamonds. In fact, when we run across cubic zirconium or other artificial diamonds in jewelry we usually pop out the stones and melt down the gold. If a piece of our jewelry is marked as a diamond IT IS A DIAMOND. No ifs ands, or buts about it.

However, occasionally we will offer unique designs that contain artificial diamonds. These are identified as artificial stones and you pay only for the gold not for the cubic zirconium.

WHY SHOULD I BUY JEWELRY FROM A PAWN SHOP?

The jewelry we sell is not “old”…. It’s Pre-Owned.This results in a substantial savings for our customers. All of the jewelry we sell is in beautiful condition. Polished to a fine luster and professionally cleaned.

Since man first discovered the beauty of gold and diamonds, no one has ever knowingly discarded fine jewelry. Gold and platinum is constantly being melted down and made into new jewelry.

Imagine this, the gold in the jewelry you are wearing right now could have once been part of a king or queens treasure.