An Indian man paid about $4,000 for his face gold mask to protect him from the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in his country, according to a report.
Businessman Shankar Kurade, 49, is covering his face with his gold mask while walking in his area of residence in the western city of Pune district.
He said he got the idea of wearing a customized face mask when he saw on the television a man wearing a silver one.
The mask weighs 60 grams (two ounces) of gold. He said it took eight days the craftsmen to finish it.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” he said in an AFP interview.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection, but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
The businessman also shared that he partners his gold face mask with necklace, ring, and bracelet whenever he goes out.
Nonetheless, Mr. Kurade said he is not doing this for publicity. He said he just loves gold.
“They are awe-struck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets,” he said.
In 2012, an Indian businessman named Datta Phuge also customized a gold shirt made from 14,000 pieces of 22-carat gold, totaling almost 3.5kg.
As of July 6, India has 673,165 COVID-19 cases with 19,268 reported deaths.