The COVID-19 pandemic has unsurprisingly uncovered the good, bad, and even the weird side of the world. And just when you thought you have seen it all, pops another mind-boggling piece of information that no one would have imagined in the old normal. This time around, it is the story of a Surat-based jeweller who has come up with a unique offering amid the pandemic – diamond-studded face masks.
These masks are like regular ones as far as the fabric is concerned – layered and in accordance with the government guidelines for manufacturing protective gears – but it is the embellishment that will leave you stunned. Encrusted with gold, American diamonds, and real diamonds, they are strikingly luxurious and will set you back at least a few lakhs.
A yellow gold and American diamonds-encrusted mask is priced at Rs 1.5 lakh, according to reports, while the mask which is created with white gold and set with real diamonds is worth Rs 4 lakh.
“N-95 masks have been used to make it. Masks are washable. People should look at it like an investment. In the future, you can make a necklace, and other jewellery with the jewels from the masks. You can reuse it,” Deepak Choksi, the owner of the jewellery store said.
Apparently, Deepak came up with the idea of diamond-studded masks after a customer visited his shop, demanding unique masks for the wedding festivities.
“As the lockdown was lifted, a customer who had a wedding at his home came to our shop and demanded unique masks for the bride and groom. So, we assigned our designers to create masks, which the customer later bought. After this, we made a wide range of these masks as people will be requiring them in the coming days. Pure diamonds and American diamonds have been used with gold to make these masks,” the jeweller told a news agency.
As outlandish as the idea of a jewel-encrusted face mask might sound to some, the trend seems to be picking up steam. Before the Surat shop, it was a man in Pune, named Shankar Kurade, who got himself a customised gold face mask worth Rs 2.89 lakh. No harm in shelling a bit extra for protection, eh?
(Edited by Javed Gaihlot)