If you were asked if what is the most expensive materials on earth, you would probably say that it is gold or diamond. Though gold is the most sought-after metal on earth, it doesn’t even include in the top 5 and if you think that diamond is, it’s not even ranked as top 2. Curious now?
Surprisingly, there are more than 17 expensive materials that actually surpass the worth of gold according to Bright Side. If you are curious what made to the top spot, continue reading.
These are the most expensive materials on earth:
Saffron is commonly used as a spice. But its use doesn’t end there. Saffron has healing properties and amazing health benefits. Though it is ranked at the last spot, saffron is very much valued than any other spice. A gram of Saffron costs $11.
Gold is the most sought-after metal and its popularity has gained a huge demand. Since ancient times until today, it has been worshipped and considered as a luxurious metal. Its currently values at $56 per gram.
Rhodium is an extremely rare type of metal. Its properties have a great part in the automotive industry. In fact, there is only 0.001g that can be found in a large area of the earth’s crust. A gram of Rhodium costs around $58.
Platinum is known to have a high resistance to acid, alkali and other compounds that make it more valuable. Its estimated cost is $60 per gram and it is also a rare type of metal.
8. Rhinoceros’s Horn
Despite the fact that rhinoceros’ horn has no medicinal value, the demand is still large that nearly led to the extinction of the species. The horn is a good material in making knife handle. A gram of Rhinoceros’s Horn costs about $110.
Plutonium metal is a radioactive metal used as a fuel source for space crafts. It is also the main ingredient in the nuclear weapon productions that makes it more in demand. This silvery-white metal weighs heavier than most material and currently cost $4,000 per gram.
The painite was discovered 65 years ago and based on a record, there is only a couple of hundred pieces in the world. This orange to reddish-brown colored gem is an extremely rare type of material.
Taaffeite has various colors that include violet, pink, white and red. It not really famous though it is used for jewelry. This rare precious stone costs $20,000 per gram or $4,000 per carat.
Tritium is a gas used for lighting. The current cost is $30,000 per gram.
Like gold, diamond is also the most sought-after stone that costs $55,000 per gram.
Discovered in 1950, californium was recorded to be synthesized only once and considered to be the most expensive chemical element. Its market value is at $25-$27 Million per gram
Like plutonium, antimatter is also reported to be used as fuel for space crafts. However, it takes a whole year of continues work to produce even just one gram. Cost is around $62.5 trillion per gram.
Recently, a huge slab of Jade stone with 14ft high, 19ft long and weighs 200 tons was found in Myanmar by miners. The stone will soon be sent to China to be carved and used as a material for jewelry and various sculptures. It current market cost is around $170 million.
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