GLOSSARY

Kaasu Maalai

‘Kaasu’ means money and ‘mala’ means necklace. Popular among Hindu women in Kerala, kaasumala consists of gold coins joined to form a neckpiece. The coins are engraved with a likeness of Goddess Lakshmi. In Hindu tradition, Lakshmi is believed to be the symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Karat

Karat is a unit of gold purity with 24 karat gold being the purest form. Karats are calculated by multiplying the mass of pure gold in the coin by 24, then dividing it by the total mass of the coin.

Karigar

A karigar is an artisan or craftsman who melts and moulds gold to design jewellery pieces.

KDM

KDM means gold in which cadmium could be mixed in a ratio of 92 per cent and 8 per cent, which ensured purity of 92 per cent. Cadmium-soldered jewellery was widely known as KDM jewellery. While KDM gold has been popular, it has been removed from circulation because it has been proven to be hazardous to health.

Kilo bar

Refers to a bar that weighs one kilogram or approximately 32.1507 troy ounces.

Koala

The Koala are Australian gold coins featuring the animal koala in an outback setting. The coins in this series comprise a 2oz, 1oz high relief, 1/10oz and 1/25oz coin each struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure gold.

Krugerrand

Refers to a South African gold coin.

Kundan

This is a type of traditional jewellery native to India. This type of jewellery involves beating up gold into very thin strips and shaping it into various forms to prepare the base. Various precious stones are set onto this base.