A man from Pune, India decided to put a luxurious twist on his protective gear when he bought himself a facemask made out of gold for an amount equivalent to Dh14,214, but, he isn't even sure if it is effective against COVID-19.
Shankar Kurade from the Pimpri-Chinchwad region of Pune is making headlines, and has gone viral on social media.
Sporting a circular metal mask, and a matching chunky gold chain, Kurade’s pictures were shared online.
In a July 4 Asian News International (ANI) tweet, Kurade was quoted as saying: “It's a thin mask with minute holes so that there's no difficulty in breathing. I'm not sure whether this mask will be effective."
Twitter user @Star_Fisheries wrote: “New accessory in the market. Mask made of gold.”
However, not everyone is a fan of his contraption.
User @ati_chill tweeted: “#goldmask This proves that money can buy anything except common sense!”
Tweep @MoharirAdvait had issues with the mask’s design: “If you are making a mask of gold, the least you can do is make it stylish."
Kurade is not the first one to buy masks made out of precious metals. Recently, a jeweller based in Karnataka, Sandeep Sagaonkar, added silver masks to his wedding collection.
Indian media outlets reported that the masks have gotten popular amongst local brides and grooms.
Twitter user @ShwetaKaleMH shared a pictures of the silver, leave-shaped mask and wrote: “Meet Sandeep Sagaonkar, #Karnataka based jeweller made masks a unique range of silver in an instant hit at #lockdown weddings. Mask weighs between 25-35 grams, with the price ranging Rs2,500 to Rs3000 (Dh122 to Dh147), so far he has sold more than 100 masks in one week. #IndiaFightsCOVID19”