Israeli jewelry company Yvel is creating what it believes is the world’s most expensive coronavirus face mask, the New York Post reports. Valued at $1.5 million, the mask is crafted from gold and diamonds.
Yvel is making the face mask for an undisclosed buyer in the United States. Upon requesting the accessory, the client had three demands: the mask must incorporate the top-rated N99 filters, be completed by the end of the year, and be the most expensive in the world.
The lavish mask is made from 18-karat white gold, with 3,600 white and black diamonds, and features N99 filters to protect from airborne particles. Due to the implementation of such gems, the covering weighs a little over half a pound.
“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,” said Isaac Levy, owner of Yvel.
While countless individuals remain out of work and/or have had loved ones fall victim to COVID-19, such an expensive project geared specifically towards the pandemic will enrage some. However, Levy — who says he would not personally wear the mask — is appreciative of the opportunity brought to him and his staff.
“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.
For more on the $1.5 million face mask, visit the New York Post.