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Israeli Jeweler makes $1.5m golden coronavirus mask

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AN Israeli jewelry comppan is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.

The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted 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 completed by the end of the year, and that it be the pricest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”

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

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

  The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in may countries but at 270 grams, nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask, it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.

  Levy while speaking to the media at his factory near Jerusalem, showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds with one gold plate having a hole for the filter.

  “ 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,” Levy said.

  Such an ostentatious mask mmight also rub some the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are out of work or suffering economically.

  Levy said that while he would not wear it himself he was thankful for the opportunity.

  “ I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be ablee to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now” he said.

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