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Carat Vs. Karat

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I’m Niki, the founder and designer of Enji Studio Jewelry. We’re a sustainable luxury jewelry brand based in beautiful north county San Diego.

at Enji we’re on a mission to bring you meaningful, modern, ethical design that shows off your style, honors the journey of your life, and reflects your values. We craft each piece for you in our Carlsbad studio bringing new life to recycled gold and silver and using only FairTrade and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Enji was founded in 2014. We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing and giving back to the local and global community. We create our pieces for everyday wear.

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As creators and consumers, our choices now have a global impact. This is why we consider how things are made to be important and this to be part of our responsibility as a business and global citizen. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. This is why we make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairtrade stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper and clothing.

Niki is a GIA Graduate Jeweler. She was awarded the 2016 Halstead Grant Award and 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe and her work can be seen in the pages of Glamour UK, Basic, Evening Standard, National Jeweler, and more. To see her one of a kind art pieces and CV check out nikigrandics.com

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. We make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fair mined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper.

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems.  All our pieces are made in our studio in San Diego and we use low-impact, environmentally conscious studio practices to lessen our footprint. 

We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing, because it’s important. To us, to you, to the women and men who mined the stones we use to create our pieces. We also donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking because that’s part of the future we want to see.

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Carat Vs. Karat

Hilda Chang

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If you have ever bought jewelry you might have heard the words carat and karat. But do you know the difference between them? It’s ok if you don’t, as a high schooler I thought carat was the same as karat which lead to some major faux pas. Although they sound the same their definitions mean something completely different in the jewelry world. Enji wants to help you understand the difference so that you can avoid faux pas too.

Carat is the word I accidently miss used in high school. I remember having a conversation about diamond rings with some friends. Each girl going around saying things like “I want a gold ring” or “I want to have a beautiful 2 carat ring”. Being little naive, I thought they were talking about karat, so I blurted out that I wanted a 4 carat ring. Mortified my friends looked at me and said, “you better find yourself a millionaire” it was only later in life that I realized those two words are not the same.

Carat, as it turns out, is a measure of weight for gemstones and pearls. It is a measurement based on the metric system and is equivalent to ⅕ of a gram. Wanting to own a 4 carat ring was really ambitious of me. The word “carat” is thought to come from a bean called the carob bean. Back in the day these beans were used to measure the weight to gemstones because they had a very consistent weight compared to other measurement systems. It was not until 1970 that the measurement of carat became recognized and used as the legal standard for weighing precious stones.

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On the other hand, karat, the word I was thinking of is used to describe metals and their purity. Looking back, I should have inferred that carat was not the same as karat. The measurement of karat is used primarily to describe the purity of gold, ranging from a scale of 1 to 24, with 24 being the purest.

Gold is such as soft metal, it needs to be mixed with other alloys for strength. This is the reason karat is measured on a scale. While most of gold jewelry is sold at 14 karats, preferences vary among people and companies. It is also important to note any gold below 10 karats is not considered gold. You can verify the number of karats by checking the stamp on the piece marked with a K (United States) or a C (in other countries).

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I hope that now that you are armed with the knowledge of these two words, you can avoid faux pas and avoid situations like mine. Do you have a funny story about a word? Let us know we love to hear from our loyal fans.

 

References:

https://sciencenotes.org/karat-vs-carat/

http://www.differencebetween.net/science/mathematics-statistics/differences-between-karat-and-carat/

https://www.americanbullion.com/karat-vs-carat/