The 7 Most Expensive Materials in the World


What would you answer if someone asked you what are the most expensive materials in the world? Gold, platinum, diamonds will probably come to mind first. But is that so?

7. Rhodium (Price: $37 per gram)

Rhodium helps to turn harmful pollutants into non-toxic gases, such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide. It is valuable for both glass manufacturers and the automotive industry, where it is widely used in catalytic converters.

6. Gold (Price: $55 per gram)

Gold is used for industrial purposes as well as in jewelry. Often in financial crises, gold becomes a desirable investment, which raises its already high price.

5. Red Beryl (Price: $10,000 per gram)

This crystal is used to make jewelry and is rarer than diamonds. Beryllium is a group of minerals that are colorless in their pure form but acquire color when they contain impurities.

4. Tritium (Price: $30,000 per gram)

The reason the hands of the clocks glow in the dark is the presence of small particles of tritium. Tritium is a key element in hydrogen bombs, but don’t worry – it’s only dangerous to your health if you inhale or ingest large amounts of it.

3. Diamond (Price: $ 210,000 per gram)

As diamond is the hardest material on Earth, it is particularly suitable for industrial use. Its price is determined depending on the color, purity, grinding, and weight of carats.

2. Californium (Price: $ 27 million per gram)

Californium is a man-made element. It is used in devices for detecting explosives, but also for the treatment of some forms of cancer.

1. Antimatter (Price: $ 100 trillion per gram)

Physicists can only create it in the largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland. Due to its small size, all its potential uses are still unexplored, but it has been found that it can be used to treat cancer.

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