Israeli jeweler makes world’s most expensive coronavirus mask; Chinese businessman to buy

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5 million gold coronavirus mask

The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds that are fitted with the top-rated N99 filters.

That last condition, Levy said, "was the easiest to fulfill".

Levy's seven-figure mask isn't the only face covering to make news in recent weeks.

A team of 25 jewellers and diamond setters, carefully selected from the company's staff, are working in shifts to get the order ready by the December 31 deadline.

A worker for the Israeli jewellery company Yvel holds a part of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem, Sunday.

Indians are not new to masks made of precious metals and substances.

The order, Levy tells NoCamels "was placed by one of our loyal and close friends who understands the value of "giving back" that we share with everyone around us". An unnamed Chinese businessman commissioned the expensive face mask, and he supposedly plans on actually wearing it. It was a gesture.

Yvel was founded in 1986 and produces unique free form designs.

The owner and designer of the Israeli company, Levy, said "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".

The sparkling face mask may give the "protective equipment" that is now required in many countries in public spaces a little momentum in terms of trends. It is also an accessory that is likely to stay with us for some time as the coronavirus continues to take its toll on a global scale. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) - almost 100 times that of a typical surgical mask - it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.

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