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Monday, August 22, 2011

A Carat is a Carat...isn't it?

Any person who's bought jewelry and knows what a carat is probably knows how big it is. I've never heard there was a difference between a carat diamond and a carat gem stone, have you? I recently bid on eBay for a pair of garnet earrings that were advertised as 2 carats. Expecting the stones to be a carat each, I was so disappointed when they arrived in the mail. They were beautiful, but the gems were not 2 carats. They were a total weight of 1 carat, which made the stones about a half carat each.

When I complained to the seller they said they were sorry I was disappointed with the size and asked if I was I going by a carat diamond or a carat gem stone. Am I crazy here? They quickly refunded my paypal account, which I didn't ask for by the way.

I wonder how big they think an inch is...


Karen C said...

Oh, I was taking a drink of water when I got to your last question and nearly lost it all!! I didn't know the difference either.

Jane said...

I didn't know there was a difference. Glad you got your money back.

tammy ramey said...

i have been buying and selling gems and jewelery for several years and have never heard of a difference between carat weights. they were trying to take advantage i think.


Tory Richards said...

Well, I'm glad I was able to pass on some wisdoms of knowledge. You do know the difference in an inch though, don't you? LOL

Tory Richards said...

Me too, Jane. The funny thing is they didn't even request I send the earrings back. Just refunded my account and that was the end of it.

Tory Richards said...

I thought so too Tammy. Too bad there are folks out there who probably don't know the difference.

Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie/Tory...Since you weren't aware of the difference in the way diamonds versus gemstones are generally measured and sold, you missed: eBay Guides - Basic Gemstone Measurement Information. The difference is explainted.

If you want to check it out, go here:


A Google search will provide lots of other sites explaining the difference as well.

I did snort out my nose about the inch comment. And, just so you know, I'll take the inch over the mm, any day;)

I've personally found that vendors dealing with PayPal will instantly refund without hassle if there is the least bit of complaint or dissatisfaction whether a specific refund is requested or not.

Transactions are very transparent these days and if a good rating has been established, vendors don't seem to even entertain the chance of a blotch on their record...at least if they want to stay in business. ~Nancy

Tory Richards said...

I do want to check it out Nancy, thanks for the info. I had no idea and who reads all those guidelines and the small print anyway? LOL I wonder why they didn't tell me where to go:)