The Miss Universe Pageant 2015 is in breaking news as Steve Harvey’s faux pas shocked the world.The actual winner took a second to assimilate what exactly just happened. Miss Columbia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was announced the winner only for a few minutes before a stunned Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was declared the real winner. Ariadna was full of poise and grace, especially shown when the Miss Universe Crown was placed on her head moments before. However, after hearing Harvey’s mishap, Pia Alonzo couldn’t have looked in more disbelief and awe.
This year’s Miss Universe was different in more ways than an unexpected mix-up during their grand finale. Did you know this Miss Universe Crown had a new design, featuring diamonds and blue topaz? Yes, that’s right, blue topaz!
In its six decades-long history, this pageant has evolved significantly, including the tiara, which all participants desire from a very young age. Let’s take a look at how the gorgeous crown has transformed chronologically over the years:
The first ever Miss Universe Crown was an heirloom, belonging to the Czar of Russia. The ‘Romanoff Crown’, valued at over half a million dollars at the time featured a total of 1,529 dazzling diamonds.
A pearl crown was introduced in 1954, which was valued at over $500,000. The coveted tiara had a solid gold and platinum frame, dotted with a 1,000 oriental cultured and black pearls. It continued to adorn these beauties until 1960.
The 10th Anniversary witnessed a pearl crown replaced by a rhinestone. It featured a star-shaped motif atop a white gold frame, encrusted with rhinestones.
The longest reigning crown in this listicle, this crown had the Miss Universe Organization logo – viz woman with a scepter – incorporated. Although, this original piece was used until 1969, it was never given to the winners. In 1970, renowned jewelry designer, Sarah Coventry designed a slightly different version of the crown, comprising of rhinestones. The legendary tiara became known as the ‘MISS’ crown.
Designed by celebrated jewelry brand, Mikimoto, this crown depicted a rising phoenix. The phoenix symbolized status, power and beauty. Encrusted with 500 diamonds and 120 South Sea Akoya pearls framed in white gold, the crown was valued at $250,000. Mikimoto was the official jewelry sponsor of Miss Universe Organization from 2002 to 2007.
Repeating 1952, the 2008 crown was used just for another year. Designed specifically for the event by CAO Fine Jewelry, the tiara was made of 18K white and yellow gold, set with over 1000 precious gemstones.
Yet another big name, Diamond Nexus Labs, designed the prized Miss Universe Crown.Replete with global unrest, the crown was meant to symbolize peace and hope across nations. In fact, it was christened the ‘Peace Crown’. Weighing a total of 416.09 carats, the crown was set with 1,371 gemstones, and contained 544.31 grams and 14K and 18K white gold and platinum metal types.
And now for 2015. In focus for the ‘faux pas of the century’, the newest crown was designed by Diamonds International Corporation (DIC). It is estimated at $300,000 and crafted with 18K white gold, over 311 polished diamonds, 33 natural, translucent and colorless Bohemian crystals and five large light blue topaz stones. The crown symbolizes power, confidence and stability.
If you would like to feast your eyes on some fine jewelry comprising diamonds and gemstones – much like the ones on the coveted crown – there are some fine creations at www.Angara.com.