MOTZA, Israel – An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the most expensive coronavirus mask in the world, a $ 1.5 million gold-plated, diamond-plated face.
The 18-carat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 black and white diamonds and will be equipped with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.
Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be finished by the end of the year and that it would be the most prized in the world. He said, the latter condition, “was the easiest to meet.”
He refused to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.
The shiny face mask can provide some pizza to the protective equipment that is now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (more than half a pound), almost 100 times the size of a typical surgical mask, it’s not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.
In an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. A gold plate had a hole for the filter.
“Maybe money doesn’t buy it all, but if you can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and attract attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said. .
This ostentatious mask could also go the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are out of work or suffering financially. Levy said that while he didn’t wear it himself, he was grateful for the opportunity.
“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work so that our employees could provide their work in very difficult times like in these times,” he said.