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9 Of The Most Valuable Minerals In The World (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/02/10 08:51 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

From rubies to painite, coltan to diamonds, nature produces incredible minerals. Whether they are made into dazzling baubles or used in rechargeable batteries, the harvesting of these natural treasures can be damaging to the environment, human health and human rights. Many of these minerals are mined in war zones or seized by militant groups, making them conflict minerals.

Check out our slideshow of a sampling of some of the world's most valuable minerals. As always, we want to hear from you in the comments.


Painite
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Thought to be the rarest mineral on the planet, painite remains priceless. One of the hardest minerals to locate, it can only be harvested in Mogok and Kachin States in Myanmar. Only 25 small crystals and only two faceted crystals have been discovered in the world. Painite costs around 60,000 dollars per carat.
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