Science

Most Valuable Substance On Earth


The Earth is chock-full of amazing natural elements and materials. From saffron to platinum, and gold, there’s no shortage of valuable substances available to prospective buyers.

Nevertheless, those in high demand tend to cost a pretty penny for people interested in acquiring them. While you might assume that the most expensive among them would be a precious jewel or diamond, that isn’t actually the case.

Here are the most expensive materials found in the world. If you manage to get any of them, you are a lucky man!

Saffron

  • $11 per gram.
  • Not only is it a unique spice, but it’s also quite tasty and healthy. While it takes a great deal of time and effort to produce, it is nevertheless, coveted by people around the world for its unparalleled healing capabilities.
Saffron

Gold

  • $56 per gram.
  • Far and away the most widely recognized expensive material on this list, gold is the go-to precious metal worn by people around the world. While relatively common, it does come at a high cost.
Gold

Rhodium

  • $58 per gram.
  • A metal stemming from the platinum group, rhodium is renowned for its extremely rare quality. In fact, it’s so rare that the earth’s crust is said to contain only one-thousandth of a gram of the stuff!
Rhodium

Platinum

  • $60 per gram.
  • A very rare precious metal, platinum is similar to gold in that it is resistant to several alkalis, acids, and many other compounds. It’s most widely recognized for its beautiful steel-like sheen.
Platinum

Plutonium

  • $4,000 per gram.
  • This extremely rare radioactive metal is most commonly used in nuclear weaponry as well as to fuel outward spacecrafts. When oxidized, it forms a dull coating; when exposed to air, it vanishes.
Plutonium

Painite

  • $9,000 per gram.
  • A mixture of orange and red-brown hues, this stone is so rare that there are only a couple hundred of them in existence. That could possibly help explain why most people have never even heard of it before.
Painite

Taaffeite

  • $20,000 per gram.
  • When it comes to rare stones, you can pretty much bet this this pinkish-violet beauty might be the most elusive. It’s so hard to find, in fact, that researchers say it’s a million times more rare than diamonds.
Taaffeite

Tritium

  • $30,000 per gram
  • This rare gas is used in some lighting fixtures, though not the ones in your home. You probably wouldn’t want to pay the cool $15 million that it takes to accumulate a pound of the stuff!
Tritium

Diamonds

  • $55,000 per gram.
  • While easily the most widely recognized precious stone on the Earth, diamonds are still extremely expensive. That’s why it still takes a lot of saving to be able to purchase one.
Diamonds

Californium

  • $25-27 million per gram.
  • This synthesized element was discovered during the 1950s and is the most expensive chemical element ever known. Unless you’re Bill Gates, you’ll probably never own any.
Californium

Jade

  • $170 million per gram.
  • Weighing approximately 200 tons, this world’s largest jade stone, shown in the image, was discovered in Myanmar mine. You have to imagine that, when it’s cut up into small gems for jewelry, those who found it stand to earn some serious cash.
the world’s largest jade stone discovered in Myanmar

Antimatter

  • $62.5 trillion per gram.
  • Scientists hope to use the Earth’s most expensive substance to fuel spacecrafts one day, though to produce a gram of this stuff would take an insurmountable amount of work. Even just one milligram would cost $25 million.
Antimatter

We don’t often think of how many rare and valuable materials that exist around us every day, but this is definitely going to inspire more people to pay attention to.


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