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Brides don $10,000 gold masks during COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

 bride sports a golden mask on her wedding day
bride sports a golden mask on her wedding day (IHA Photo)

In the age of the coronavirus, Turkish brides have found a new golden accessory to wear on their wedding day. Turkish brides generally receive a set of gold jewelry and other pieces of gold on their wedding days from family members and guests. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey has forced many wedding traditions to be adjusted – including limited dancing and mandatory mask-wearing.

As necessity is the mother of invention, these changes have produced a new, glamorous way for brides to sport their bling – this time right across their faces.

In the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş, master craftsmen have begun producing gilded masks, or surgical masks bedazzled with 14-carat and 22-carat gold, to adorn brides. These glittering masks ensure precautions against C