# Gold Carat: A handy chart for buyers

Updated on January 9, 2013

What Does “Carat” means about gold?

Okay, you are planning to buy a gold ring for your engagement coming up next week. Or, your mother’s birthday is coming and you are thinking of gifting her a pair of gold earrings. You went to a jewelry shop and the salesperson asked what Carat of gold you are looking for? 22 Carat rings has a higher price than 14 Carat rings. Puzzled?

Carat is the percentage of purity in a thing which is made of gold. It is expressed in a measurement out of 24. In other words, if your ring is 18 Carat, it means 18 parts of its 24 parts is gold, as percentage- 75% of the ring is made of gold

18/24 = 0.75

I know its little confusing for the first time. Here is the chart for better understanding-

Carat
Gold Content
10
41.6%
14
58.3%
18
75%
21
87.5%
22
91.6%
24
99..99%

Generally, 24 Carat gold is not used to make jewelry as pure gold is soft and needed to be polished often to maintain its shine.

How could I know if I have bought my desired Carat of gold?

Look at the inner side of the ring, in the hook of your earring or necklace. You should probably see a number like this: 9999 or 916 or 875 etc.

Here is the explanation:

Number
Carat
9999
24
916
22
875
21
750
18
583
14
416
10

Happy Gold Shopping!

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