Rings & Things Jewelry Blog

Units of Measure

Most Common Question:Q. What is a gross?A.  For any item, one gross (often abbreviated "GR") is 12 dozen.      1 gross = 12 dozen = 144 pieces (72 pairs).      1 half-gross = 6 dozen = 72 pieces (or 36 pairs).Why a "gross"?  We believe this is because in the 1800s and early 1900s, many jewelry findings, such as filigree findings and other common jewelry-making components were made in Germany, and sold by the dozen or the "big" measurement, the gr …
Oct 18th 2021 Polly Nobbs-LaRue