Functional, beautiful tools should not be underestimated. Particularly those one might wear for an extended period of time. My respirator mask for example:
Primed and silver leafed. Hopefully it will tarnish a little with use and age, but if it doesn't, a layer of paint to relax the shininess should do the trick.
Idea shamelessly stolen from my brother, his has gold leaf.
Speaking of beautiful tools, a dust protection accessory of a different sort and origin was made recently by one of my good friends see it here.