A lady shows off a luxury face mask made with about 330 pearls which is selling for one million yen.
Niloufar Saleem, Staff Reporter
While the whole world fights the coronavirus pandemic in their own style, the Japanese have found a way out through luxury.
Fashion-conscious Japanese can now own a face-mask studded with diamonds and pearls for a million yen each.
The hand-made luxury masks are on high demand in the Japanese fashion market.
While depression surges through the world amid the pandemic, the Japanese now show off their unique masks with absolute pride.
The diamond masks are embellished with a 0.7 carat diamond and more than 300 pieces of Swarovski crystal, while the pearl masks contain some 330 Japanese Akoya pearls.
While a few of them struggle to own a mask of this sort, the others excitedly place an order for more masks in different styles.
The Japanese masks are still far from the world's most expensive.
That honour belongs to a $1.5-million mask made with 250 grams of 18-karat gold designed by jeweller Yvel.
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