Israeli jeweler making world's most expensive COVID-19 mask

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

Levy, founder of the Yvel company, commented he personally would not choose to wear such a luxurious mask. It is also based on the N-99 respirator, a face mask that claims to filter at least 99 percent of airborne particles.

Art rather than ostentation is the rationale behind the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, say the Israeli jewelers who are crafting the $1.5 million object for an unnamed USA -based client. This 18-carat white gold mask encrusted with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, will be priced at $1.5 million (about Rs 11 crore) said designer Isaac Levy to The Associated Press news agency.

With face masks becoming a part of our new normal attire, makers around the world have gone all overboard with the introduction of gold and diamond-studded masks, giving the rich and privileged to flaunt their status! That last condition, he said, was the easiest to meet. The company's factory and center in Jerusalem were closed at the outset of the outbreak in Israel in early March, according to government guidelines, and its 150 employees in Israel (and the US) were out of work. The jeweler indicated: It's a Chinese businessman living in the USA!

A computerized design of the diamond and gold face mask made by Yvel. It was a gesture.

The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries.

But most designers have gone for lovely, colorful prints, unique embroidery, and soft materials. 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. I think that we all should wear the same regular N95 mask.

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