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Israeli jeweller creates gold and diamond-encrusted mask that costs $1.5 million

The maker of the mask declined to identify the buyer but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.

By: AP | Israel | August 10, 2020 4:30:26 pm
Israel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus face mask, Gold face masks, Diamond face mask, Trending news, Indian Express news. Parts and a model of a mask is displayed in the Israeli jewellery company Yvel in Motza near Jerusalem. (Picture credit: AP)

An Israeli jewellery company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.

The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.

Israel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus face mask, Gold face masks, Diamond face mask, Trending news, Indian Express news. A worker for the Israeli jewellery company Yvel holds a part of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem, Sunday. (Picture credit: AP)

Levy, the owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfil.”

He declined to identify the buyer but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.

Israel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus face mask, Gold face masks, Diamond face mask, Trending news, Indian Express news. Isaac Levy, owner of Israeli jewellery company Yvel speaks during an interview with the Associated Press next to parts of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem. (Picture credit: AP)

The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) — nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask — it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.

In an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. One gold plate had a hole for the filter.

Israel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus face mask, Gold face masks, Diamond face mask, Trending news, Indian Express news. Isaac Levy, owner of Israeli jewellery company Yvel looks at a worker and parts of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem. (Picture credit: AP)

“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said.

Such an ostentatious mask might also rub some the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are out of work or suffering economically. Levy said that while he would not wear it himself, he was thankful for the opportunity.

Israel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus face mask, Gold face masks, Diamond face mask, Trending news, Indian Express news. Isaac Levy, owner of Israeli jewellery company Yvel holds parts of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem, Sunday. (Picture credit: AP)

“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now,” he said.

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