Some of the world’s priciest materials!
15. Movie Theater Popcorn- Going to the movies is always a nice treat and it’s hard to resist not buying popcorn, soda and candy while in the concession stand, I mean that’s all part of the movie experience. With movies costing at least ten bucks a ticket, spending $8.15 for a tub of popcorn sounds ridiculously pricey, and you’re right! In reality, that means paying three cents a gram for popcorn which is a 104% markup! Well, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but don’t worry, purchasing a large tub of popcorn gets you free refills.
14. Saffron- It’s a delectable spice that’s expensive in taste due to its labor intensity. Costing you $11 a gram, each flower has three thread stigmas in the center that must be delicately removed by hand and toasted carefully to dry. Saffron is definitely flavorful and just a pinch is enough to satisfy any dish. Saffron for home use, can be used for up to ten recipes so just use it wisely in which dish you want to use it for. Aside from cooking, saffron has been used for centuries to scent bath waters and for medicinal purposes.
13. Beluga Caviar- At $35 a gram, beluga caviar is the most expensive caviar in the world. With the Beluga Sturgeon currently endangered, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has tried banning the import. The beluga fish takes at least twenty years to mature and their eggs are mostly harvested in Iran, China, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and other parts of Europe. It’s usually served with toast, cooked new potatoes, in hot stew or by itself serving as a palate cleanser.
12. Rhodium- It’s a chemical element consisting of platinum group metals. At $58 a gram, it’s mostly used automobiles, because rhodium metal doesn’t corrode easily and contains aggressive chemicals. Due to it’s rarity, rhodium is usually plated with palladium and applied in high temperature and corrosion prone coating.
11. Gold- At $56 a gram, around half of all the gold mined today is made into jewelry, in its purest form it’s actually soft and has to be alloyed with other metal to harden. Gold is resistant to acid and its historical value dates back several years with it’s easy mining, resistance to corrosion, and easy handling. It’s long lasting effects make it great for jewelry and its consumption all over the globes increases in 10% every year.
10. Platinum- There are no large stockpiles of platinum and it’s very hard to mine, even harder to mine than gold. The platinum mining process takes at least six to seven months and costs $60 a gram. Platinum is widely used in industrial applications and is used in laboratory equipment and to decorate porcelain, medical instruments, dental prostheses, electrical contacts and fine wires.
9. Rhino Horn- Due to illegal poaching and the rhino population on the rise for extinction, illegal rhino horn can cost $110 a gram or $1,800 an ounce. The ivory trade is rising in countries such as China and in other European countries because rhino horn is used in traditional medicines. It’s highly valued for its properties to cure fevers, headaches and even cancer. Its demand has become so high that it cost twice the value of gold. There are import bans and organizations working towards to preserve the rhino species.
8. Plutonium- Going up to $4,000 a gram, this radioactive element is poisonous, radioactive and flammable. It’s mostly known for its use in generating nuclear power through nuclear fission in nuclear reactors and atomic bombs. It’s man-made and it’s considered the most dangerous element created. Plutonium is only specifically handled in laboratories specified for it and when it decays it releases radioactivity that can cause cancer and even death.
7. Painite- It’s a rare borate mineral, and is one of the newer mineral species. It’s reddish brown or reddish orange in color and contains small traces of iron. Due to its rarity, it can cost $9,000 a gram. There are fewer than 25 crystals to be discovered and the painite species are privately owned and are distributed through museums and research laboratories.
6. Scorpion Venom- It’s one of the most expensive liquids on Earth, at $352.74 a gram or $10,000 in fluid ounce, scorpion venom can be incorporated in medicinal uses. Scorpions use their venom to paralyze or kill their prey; one sting from a scorpion can even kill a human. Protein in the venom can be used to treat multiple sclerosis, bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Taaffeite- Considered to be ones of the rarest gemstones in the world, it cost $20,000 a gram. Found in carbonate rocks, alongside fluorite and mica, it can be found in some deposits in southern Tanzania and Sri Lanka. For many years after its discovery in 1945, only a few samples have been taken. Due to its rarity, taaffeite is only used as a gemstone and nothing else.
4.Tritium- Mostly found in the exit signs, it’s a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that is extremely rare. The only way for it to be created is through cosmic radiation encountering the atmosphere, besides our glowing exit signs it’s also used in watch dials and self powered lighting, nuclear weapons and other devices. With heavy demand, the price remains relatively high at a cost of $30,000 a gram.
3. Diamonds- They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but at $55,000 a gram friendship comes at an extreme price. Throughout history diamonds have been treasured and has flourished in popularity all throughout the world. Due to their rarity, diamonds are highly valued and the price of diamonds stay at such a high cost because it’s always high in demand. Diamonds hold such a great status in society in the jewelry industry, who wouldn’t want a diamond necklace or ring? After all, diamonds are forever.
2. Raw Botulinum- Botox has become such a plastic surgery norm in society that it’s hard to forget that it’s actually a toxin. Raw botulinum toxin can cause respiratory failure by destroying vital proteins in the nerves and muscles. Doctors today use botox to smooth out wrinkles to slow down the aging process, it’s used in small quantities which is dissolved in saline and stops the nerve endings temporarily. It can also be used to treat migraines, excess sweating and leaky bladders. When professionally used it’s not dangerous as doctors use a total of almost 1500 gallons of diluted Botox a year costing $200 billion a gram!
1.Antimatter- It’s composed of antiparticles, when particles and antiparticles meet, there’s a release of energy in high energy photon, neutrinos and lower mass particle- antiparticle pairs. I know, bear with with me and the all the science talk. At $6.25 trillion a gram it’s very, very, very difficult to make and is made in batches that are measure by the number of atoms and only lasts a minute. It’s used in fuel for interstellar travel and also nuclear weapons. Antimatter is hard to preserve as it reacts with any matter it touches, annihilating itself. It’s noted a major obstacle in producing antimatter is the quantities and if there will ever be enough.