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Most Expensive Materials In The World

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.

2. Californium – $25-27 million per gram

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

3. Diamond – $55,000 per gram

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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