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The Evolution of Miss Universe Crowns


Miss universe is an international beauty pageant organized by an US based company called Miss Universe Organization. It is one of the four biggest international beauty pageants. The current miss universe pageant was first held in 1952. Each year the most beautiful and talented young lady is chosen among the most beautiful women in the world. But not only the of the winner gets chosen to hold the title is admired but the crown that will be given to her during the ceremony.

The reigning beauty queen gets to keep the crown for one year until the next miss universe is selected. There has been nine crowns were used in the miss universe history. And one of them was modified twice. Let’s see how beautiful they were.

Romanov Imperial Nuptial Crown

This crown was used in the 1952 miss universe pageant. It was owned by the Russian monarchy.

Metal Bronze Crown

The Romanov Imperial Crown was replaced by the metal Bronze in 1953. It was a unique design with a solid metal base and no stones were attached to it. The crown was used only in the 1953 pageant. The following year it was replaced.

Star of the Universe

Again in 1954 the crown was changed. The Star of the Universe crown was made out of about 1000 oriental cultured black pearls set in solid gold and platinum base. This crown was used from 1954 to 1960.

Lady Rhinestone Crown

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the pageant in 1961 Lady Rhinestones Crown was presented. It was completely covered with rhinestones. In 1963 the centerpiece of the crown was slightly changed into a figure of a lady. Again in 1973 the crown was slightly modified.

The centerpiece of the crown was changed into a figure
The modified crown used in 1973 pageant

Mikimoto Crown

This crown was used from 2002-2007 for the 50th commemorative anniversary of the pageant. The crown was designed by the Japanese designer Tomohiro Yamaji. The Mikimoto company in Japan had sponsored the crown. It was made u]out of 500 natural colorless diamonds that are about 30 carats and 120 pearls. The crown is valued at US $250,000. After 2007 the crown was used in 2017 and 2018 pageants.

CAO Crown

This crown was used in 2008 miss universe pageant and designed by Rosalina Lydster and Dang Kim Lien of the CAO company. It was made out of 18 carat white and yellow gold base with over 1000 precious stones including 555 white diamonds and 375 cognac diamonds attached to it. The crown was valued at US $120,000.

Diamond Nexus Crown

From 2009 to 2013 Diamond Nexus Crown was used. The crown was made by Diamond Nexus labs and made out of 1371 gems that are combined 416 carats attached onto a 18 carats white gold and platinum base.

DIC Crown

This crown was used in 2014-2016 pageants. It was made out of 311 diamonds, 5 blue topaz and 198 blue sapphires along with 33 crystals attached to a 18k white gold base. The crown was made by a Czech company called Diamond International Corporation. The crown is valued to be US $300,000.

Mouawad Crown

This crown was used in 2019 miss universe pageant. It was made by the Mouawad Jewelers and estimated to be worth $5 million holding the record as the most valuable crown in a beauty pageant

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