# Really bugging question

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1. ### IcewindRegistered Member

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Does anyone know why there are about 4000 carats in the purest form of gemstone, such as Ruby and Sapphire (Guinness Book of Records), and there are only 24 carats in a brand new slab of gold which is as soft and pure as can be?

Carats are worked out from the number on your ring, like the small number which you can find. It's like this; guess the number of standard carats for the nominator (number on top of a fraction) and then divide it by 24 carats (if it is gold that is). The answer is that small number inside the ring! So you can tell how many carats it is! It's like this:

9÷24X1000=375

You must use 1000 for this to work properly.

P.S. I asked my chemistry teacher, and even she doesn't know!

Davo.

2. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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I think it has less to do with chemistry, more to do with gemology!

3. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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Besides, considering the DENSITY of gold, 4000 carats would be too heavy to wear!!!

4. ### bigc73542Retired Moderator

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I don't know if you know this or not but the carats are the mesurement of weight not the value. in a 24 carat gold ring there in enough gold to equal the weight of 24 carrot seeds. see screen shot for size and weights

Carat Weight
The weight of the stone measured in ( 200 milligrams = 1 carat)
carat weight,(not the same as Karat
used in determining gold content)
Larger stones generally cost more per
carat due to their rarity.
For example: a V V S with G-H color
and good cut may sell for \$1800 per carat
if it was smaller than .10 carat weight
and \$6300 per carat if it was,
lets say, a .90 carat stone

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5. ### FirecatRegistered Member

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BigC,

You seem to have been really good in school - you dont seem to have forgotten one bit of what you learnt so far!

Keep it up

Regards,
Firecat

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My teachers would love to hear that.

7. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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So, if you wore a 4000 carat ring on your finger, you wouldn't be able to lift your arm, unless maybe you lifted weights!?!?

8. ### bigc73542Retired Moderator

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Marja look at the weight conversion here. That is just a quarter of a pound. didn't mean to burst your bubble

bigc

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9. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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You didn't burst my bubble, just gave me an excuse to get a new bauble!!

(I'll take 8 of those 4000 carats, and 20 of those 4000 carats.....and um................40 of those........................75 of those..............................OH! a gross of those...........