Israeli jewelers make masks made of $ 1.5M gold, diamonds


MOTZA, Israel – An Israeli jewelery company is working on what will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-studded face that costs $ 1.5 million.

Designer Isaac Levy said the 18-carat white gold facade would be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and equipped with top-rated N99 filters at the buyer’s request.

Levy, owner of the Yvelt company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be met by the end of the year, and that it would be the most important in the world. The final condition, he said, was “the easiest to fulfill.”

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

Glitz-up face masks in many countries can essentially lend some pees to safety gear in public places. But 270 grams (more than half a pound) – about 100 times that of a typical surgical mask – is unlikely to be a practical accessory to wear.

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

Levi said, “Money probably doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the man wants to wear it and move around and get attention, he should be happy.”

There may also be some missteps in such bombastic masks when millions of people worldwide are financially out of work or suffering. Levi said that while he would not wear it himself, he was grateful for the opportunity.

“I am delighted that this facade has given us enough work for our employees who are able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like this one,” he said.

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