Gold has been in use since 700 B.C. and it is one of the most widely used metals in the world. At around $40 per gram, Gold is no doubt a costly metal. However, did you know that there are other things that cost several times more than gold? You might say diamond and platinum, and they sure are costlier than gold. However, there are several more items that cost more than gold. Here’s a quick list to update you on things that are costlier than gold.
Rhodium: Discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803, Rhodium is a noble metal and belongs to the platinum group. Rhodium comes at around $45 per gram in international markets. It is widely used in jewelry items, catalytic converters, electroplating, anti-corrosive surfaces, and electrical contacts.
Platinum: This is widely used for making jewelry items. Other uses include catalytic converter, hydrogenation catalyst, fuel cells, permanent magnets, and cancer treatment. A gram of platinum costs around $48.
Soliris: This is a pharmaceutical drug used for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, which is a rare blood disorder. Soliris costs $167 per fluid ounce.
Plutonium: This radioactive element is used in nuclear reactors and for making nuclear weapons. To buy a gram of Plutonium, you will have to pay around $4,000. However, this is unlikely to be available at your nearest retail store.
Taaffeite: A rare gemstone mineral, Taaffeite is made up of aluminum, magnesium and beryllium. It is considered more durable than diamond. Depending on the type of gem, Taaffeite can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $20,000 per gram.
Scorpion venom: This is widely used for a wide variety of medical treatments related to brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. In its medicinal form, scorpion venom is also used for pain relief. A fluid ounce of scorpion venom costs around $10,000.
Tritium: A radioactive isotope of hydrogen, Tritium is formed during a nuclear reaction. In everyday life, it is used in illuminating signs that glow in the dark. A gram of Tritium costs around $30,000.
Diamond: Widely used in jewelry items and scientific applications, diamond costs around $65,000 per gram. These are the most preferred gemstones in the world.
Californium-252: This is a radioactive metallic chemical element and costs a staggering $27 million per gram. It is used for cancer treatment, detecting land mines and explosive, etc.
Antimatter: This is being considered the space-age fuel that will power spaceships of the future. With present technology, producing antimatter is a complex and very expensive process. It is estimated to cost around $100 trillion per gram.