As it’s become increasingly apparent that we’ll be sporting masks for a while, the aesthetics of our choses face coverings have become more important. Taking the place of statement sunglasses, facial hair, or a bold lipstick, a mask is now the first thing a person sees when they look at you (not to mention that masks massively important to slowing the spread of a virus that’s currently out of control), and some Angelenos have started spending relatively big bucks to invest in styles they like.
But one unnamed L.A. businessman has taken this to the extreme, commissioning a custom mask worth $1.5 million from an Israeli jewelry company called Yvel. Designed by Yvel founder Isaac Levy and touted as the most valuable face mask in existence, the over-the-top, one-of-a-kind creation features 250 grams of pure 18k gold, and features 3,608 natural black and white diamonds, with a total weight of about 210 carats. According to its creators, the mask is designed to be 100 percent wearable, with a slot to insert a disposable N-99 mask, which provides necessary protection from the coronavirus.
The anonymous L.A. businessman—Haim Saban? Elon Musk? Mike Ovitz?—apparently commissioned the mask as a means of supporting Israeli industry and Yvel’s 150 employees in both Israel and the U.S. in the midst of a pandemic that’s put many people out of work. Twenty five of Yvel’s top artisans and diamond setters were carefully chosen to carry out the unique assignment.
The ostentatious mask will be handed off to its owner at the end of November, just in time for Hanukkah or Christmas, as the case may be. Meanwhile, it’s traveling around the U.S. with Levy, and will be on display at the brand’s new store in Palm Beach, Florida, before making the trip to L.A.
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