Really bugging question

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  1. Icewind

    Icewind Registered 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? o_O

    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! :D 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. :)
     
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    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

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    I think it has less to do with chemistry, more to do with gemology!:D
     
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    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

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    Besides, considering the DENSITY of gold, 4000 carats would be too heavy to wear!!!
     
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    bigc73542 Retired 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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    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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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    My teachers would love to hear that. :D
     
  7. Marja

    Marja Honestly, 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!?!?
     
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    bigc73542 Retired 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. Marja

    Marja Honestly, 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...........
     
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