An Indian man said he paid around $ 4,000 for a custom-made gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus plaguing the country.
The precious metal casing weighs two ounces (60 grams) and it took eight days for artisans to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade of the western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and it has tiny pores that help me breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect myself from a coronavirus infection, but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
Upon leaving, the 49-year-old man said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogram, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade, whose company makes industrial sheds, said he got the idea for the golden face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made of silver.
“People ask me for selfies,” he said.
“They are amazed when they see me wearing the gold mask in the markets.”
India has made facial masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 deaths.