Gems of information

November 21, 1990|By Los Angeles Daily News

YOU'RE DYING TO KNOW: You've told the guy in your life you won't marry unless you've got at least a one-carat diamond ring? But you've got no idea what carat means?

According to a little booklet from Tiffany & Co., the word carat is derived from the carob tree, which has seeds that are so uniform in weight that they became the standard for measuring the weight of gems in ancient India. One carat equals 200 milligrams, but also equals 100 points, which is jewelry shop talk.

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