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World’s most expensive Covid-19 face mask costs US$1.5 million

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World’s most expensive Covid-19 face mask: US$1.5 million, 210 carats of diamonds, commissioned by a Chinese billionaire

The one-of-a-kind piece is expected to delivered by Israeli jeweller Yvel by the end of 2020, and if we somehow make it out of the pandemic before then, surely the mask makes for a singular memento of coronavirus – and the glaring wealth disparities the pandemic has laid all too bare

Saving face is an imperative in Chinese culture, and a bejewelled mask by Israeli jewellery house Yvel takes this to the next level, being custom-made to suit the requirements of a Shanghainese billionaire.

Costing a staggering US$1.5 million, the Yvel Covid-19 Protective Mask is the world’s most expensive face mask and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020. With the first Covid-19 vaccine expected in early 2021, it seems likely that the mask will see at least a few months of wear. And if – fingers crossed – we somehow make it out of this pandemic before then, surely the mask makes for a singular memento of coronavirus (and, ironically enough, of the glaring wealth disparities the pandemic has laid all too bare.)

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