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16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:42pm On Oct 19, 2016
For many centuries, lots of people have believed that gold is one of the most expensive materials in the world.
This, however, is absolutely wrong.

I have compiled a list of materials of value, rating them from the lowest price to the highest one. Let’s skip ahead a bit: gold is not even in the top three here.
Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:44pm On Oct 19, 2016
16. Saffron — $11 per gram


This spice is unique, combining fantastic taste and great health benefits. Its production process is highly time and effort consuming, but the flavor and healing properties of saffron are unequaled by any other spice.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:46pm On Oct 19, 2016
15. Gold — $56 per gram

The most well-known precious metal that no woman can supposedly do without. Gold has been worshipped from time immemorial, and all things beautiful are inevitably compared to it.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:48pm On Oct 19, 2016
14. Rhodium — $58 per gram

A metal of the platinum group and an extremely rare one. To give you the big picture, let’s say that one ton of earth crust contains about 0.001g of rhodium.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:49pm On Oct 19, 2016
13. Platinum — $60 per gram

This is a rare and precious metal of a silvery steel color. Like gold, it’s highly resistant to acids, alkali, and other compounds.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:50pm On Oct 19, 2016
12. Methamphetamine — $100 per gram


This is what the protagonists of Breaking Bad were cooking. It’s prohibited by law, and you’d do well if you don’t see it in person. Ever.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:53pm On Oct 19, 2016
11. Rhinoceros’s horn — $110 per gram

The horns are valuable for their medicinal properties and as great knife handles. Because of poachers, poor rhinos are already on the verge of extinction.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:54pm On Oct 19, 2016
10. Heroin — $130 per gram

An opiate that changes your perception. Once again, better you never see it for yourself. If the movies speak the truth, it’s very hard to get, and that’s probably why it’s so expensive.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:56pm On Oct 19, 2016
9. Cocaine — $236 per gram


A drug that costs a fortune yet won’t do you any good whatsoever. This white crystal powder is a fatally dangerous narcotic. Its higher price, as compared to the one above, is explained by its ’purity’ and naturalness.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 6:58pm On Oct 19, 2016
8. LSD — $3,000 per gram

A psychoactive narcotic substance, and a very expensive delayed death. The manufacturing process of this semi-synthetic drug is quite difficult, which explains the cost.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:01pm On Oct 19, 2016
7. Plutonium — $4,000 per gram

A heavy yet fragile radioactive metal of a silvery-white color. Its uses vary from production of nuclear weapons and fuel to a source of energy for spacecrafts.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:04pm On Oct 19, 2016
6. Painite — $9,000 per gram


This stone is so rare that very few people actually know it exists. It’s a mineral of an orange or reddish-brown color, and it was only discovered 65 years ago. There are just a couple hundred of these stones in the world today.

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Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:06pm On Oct 19, 2016
5. Taaffeite — $20,000 per gram or $4,000 per carat

A precious stone of a violet, pink, red, or white color. It is a million times rarer than diamonds, making it legendary. However, despite its uniqueness, it’s not very popular when it comes to jewelry — and that’s probably the reason why it’s relatively inexpensive.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:10pm On Oct 19, 2016
4. Tritium — $30,000 per gram


This gas is used in lighting — for example, in tritium illumination. It costs about $15 million to produce a pound of tritium.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:10pm On Oct 19, 2016
3. Diamond — $55,000 per gram

The most famous precious stone on Earth, and the best friend of any lady.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:13pm On Oct 19, 2016
2. Californium — $25-27 million per gram

The most expensive chemical element ever. It has been synthesized only once since its discovery in 1950.

Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Nobody: 7:14pm On Oct 19, 2016
1. Antimatter — $62.5 trillion per gram

The most expensive substance on Earth. Production of one milligram of positrons costs about $25 million. In theory, we will be able to use antimatter as fuel for spacecrafts in the future. But the drawback today is that to make just one gram of it, all of mankind will have to work for about a year without rest.

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Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by Baawaa(m): 7:42pm On Oct 19, 2016
1\2(0.5) gram of Antimatter is very ok for me shocked shocked
Re: 16 Most Expensive Materials In The World by seunot: 7:49pm On Oct 19, 2016
Princetolu94:
1. Antimatter — $62.5 trillion per gram

The most expensive substance on Earth. Production of one milligram of positrons costs about $25 million. In theory, we will be able to use antimatter as fuel for spacecrafts in the future. But the drawback today is that to make just one gram of it, all of mankind will have to work for about a year without rest.

The most rare and dangerous substance ever

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