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Saturday, March 29, 2014

The 16 Most Expensive Substances In The World

Gold means luxury right? The precious
metal is widely associated with royalty
and wealth.
Turns out the stuff is actually a lot
cheaper than some other rare
commodities.
There are plenty of expensive substances
out there, and unlike gold, they actually
have some real personal or industrial
uses.
These are the 16 most expensive
substances we could find, by weight.
Think we missed something? Let me
know in the comments.
‪#‎Saffron‬
Saffron is actually cheaper
than gold
Cost: $11.13 per gram or $5,040 per
pound
What you do with it: Saffron is a
flowering plant that can be used in
natural remedies for everything from
depression to menstrual cycles.

Then there's #gold, of course
Coronation carriage for Catherine the
Great
Cost: $56.73 per gram
What you do with it: In addition to its
uses in jewelry, the ancient metal can
be used for electrical conductivity and
resistance to corrosion.

‪#‎Rhodium‬
Cost: About $58 per gram or $1,630 per
ounce
What you do with it: Rhodium is
mostly used in three way catalytic
converters to reduce a car's carbon
emissions.

‪#‎Platinum‬
Cost: About $58 per gram or $1,637 per
ounce
What you do with it: Platinum can be
used as a catalyst in scientific
experiments, worn as jewelry, and
taken in anti-cancer drugs.

‪#‎Methamphetamine‬
Crystal meth rock
Cost: $100 per gram
What you do with it: The highly-
addictive drug can produce euphoric
effects and is often popular with
teenagers.

‪#‎Rhino‬ horn
Rhino
Cost: $110 per gram or $50,000 per
pound
What you do with it: The prized tusk is
rumored in Vietnam to cure cancer. It's
medical uses also include treating
fevers and other ailments.

‪#‎Heroin‬
Heroin
Cost: High quality heroin can cost you
up to $131/gram
What you do with it: The opiate can be
injected, snorted, or smoked and is
meant to alter the subconscious. It can
also cause convulsions or even comas.

‪#‎Cocaine‬
Cost: $215 per gram
What you do with it: Some say party,
others say develop a problematic habit .

‪#‎LSD‬
LSD sheet
Cost: The crystal form of LSD costs
about $3,000 per gram
What you do with it: Some people
relive the 60s, pretty much everyone
hallucinates.

‪#‎Plutonium‬
Plutonium
Cost: Roughly $4,000 per gram
What you do with it: Make nuclear
things. There are two kinds of
plutonium that can be used for either
military purposes or nuclear reactors.

‪#‎Painite‬
Painite
*Cost: $9,000 per gram or up to $1,800
per carat
What you do with it: Thought to be the
rarest gem mineral , it can be used in
crystal healing or just make a pretty
collectible.
*FYI: A carat = 0.2 grams

‪#‎Taaffeite‬
Taaffeite
*Cost: Anywhere $2,500 to 20,000 per
gram or $500 to $4,000 per carat
What you do with it: The mauve-
colored gem is thought to be more than
a million times scarcer than diamonds.
And while it's a bit too durable to use
often in jewelry, if you're lucky enough
to find one, don't let your hands off it.
*FYI: A carat = 0.2 grams

‪#‎Tritium‬
EXIT sign at LA Cathedral
Cost: $30,000 per gram
What you do with it: Tritium is used in
self-luminating EXIT signs found in
theaters, schools, and office buildings.
There are more than 2 million tritium
EXIT signs in the United States.

‪#‎Diamonds‬
Diamonds
*Cost: $55,000 per gram. A colorless, 1-
carat can cost more than $11,000 per
carat, and colored stones can cost more.
What you do with it: Buy engagement
rings
*FYI: A carat = 0.2 grams

‪#‎Californium‬ 252
Cost: $27 million per gram
What you do with it: For an element
that's so incredibly expensive to
produce, the Californium isotope
actually doesn't really have any
practical uses . It's only been created
once in the western world since it was
discovered in 1950.

‪#‎Antimatter‬
Spaceship One
Cost: $62.5 trillion per gram
What you do with it: Antimatter could
possibly fuel spaceships to the planets,
and maybe the stars, in the years to
come. Too bad it's so expensive and
needs incredibly expensive technology
to create it.

‎Saffron‬, ‎Rhodium‬, gold, ‎Platinum‬, ‎Methamphetamine‬, Rhino‬ horn, ‎Heroin‬, ‎Cocaine‬, LSD, ‎Plutonium‬, ‎Painite‬, ‎Taaffeite‬, ‎Tritium‬, ‎Diamonds‬, ‎Californium‬ 252, ‎Antimatter‬,

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