This glitzy facemask is covered with 3,600 diamonds and weighs 100 times more than a standard surgical mask.
Once completed, the white gold, diamond-encrusted mask will be decorated with more than 3,600 white and black diamonds and will worth $1.5m, the Associated Press reports.
According to Isaac Levy, designer and owner of Yvel company, based in Jerusalem, in addition to requesting the most expensive mask in the world, the anonymous buyer also asked that the bespoke mask be completed by the end of the year.
Mask designer and Yvel owner Isaac Levy said that his client, which some believe to be a Chinese businessman living in the US, had two major criteria for the mask: that it be finished by the end of the year and that it be the world’s most expensive. To achieve the second demand, the jeweler has adorned the 18-karat white gold base of the covering with 3,600 white and black diamonds.
Of course, that much bling isn’t exactly light. Levy told the news service that the mask, which has room for a top-of-the-line N99 filter, weighs 270 grams, which is about 100 times the weight of a standard blue surgical mask. That means that wearing the mask regularly won’t be particularly comfortable. But, hey, when you’re dropping $1.5 million on a mask, practicality probably isn’t the first thing on your mind.
“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 told the AP.
And while Levy said he would not wear the mask himself, he is grateful his company was given the opportunity to create it.
“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.
To complete the project, Levy told the Jerusalem Post that he carefully selected 25 jewellers and diamond setters from the company’s staff to work in shifts.
“In these tumultuous days, every order we receive helps to preserve the company’s day-to-day operations on the one hand, and brings foreign currency into a country that needs all the help from us industrialists on the other,” he added.