Just this year, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa once again makes a comeback as she wears the Iconic Mikimoto Crown. The Mikimoto crown was in the spotlight as Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere put the crown on South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
What makes this crown so special? Let’s take a look at these facts.
1. The crown was designed by Tomohiro Yamaji in 2000.
It was designed by Tomohiro Yamaji in 2000 and was just created out of the sponsorship of the Mikomoto Pearl Company in 2002 for the commemorative 50th year anniversary.
2. The crown was created by Mikimoto Pearl Company.
It was created by Mikimoto, the official jewelry sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization, and depicted the phoenix rising, signifying status, power and beauty. The crown was designed by Tomohiro Yamaji in 2000.
3. The crown has 500 diamonds.
It has 500 diamonds of almost 30 carats (6.0 g), 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3 to 18 mm diameter and is valued at $250, 000.
4. A security detail was attached to the crown.
Due to its delicate nature, a security detail was attached to the crown wherever it traveled, along with an insured value of $250,000 USD for its threat against loss and damage.
5. The crown is made of both Yellow and white gold.
It has traditional ascribed to the seven auspicious feathers of a Fenghuang Phoenix, a design derived from traditional Japanese Buddhist iconography.
6. The crown was first used for Miss Universe 2002 to 2007.
It was worn by past winners of the Miss Universe, from years 2002-2007. After that, it was replaced by the CAO Fine Jewelry Crown (2008), Peace crown (2009-2014 &2016) by Diamond Nexus Labs, then DIC crown in 2015.
7. The crown was first worn by Miss Universe 2002 Oxana Fedorava.
It was first worn by Miss Universe 2002 Oxana Fedorova. The last appearance of this crown was after Riyo Mori’s Miss Universe 2009.
8. The crown was believed to be bad luck.
Seven months after Miss Universe 2002 was crowned, she was dethroned which led pageant enthusiasts to believe that the Mikomoto crown might just be bad luck.
9. 11 Miss Universe Winners have worn the Crown.
Including the most recent Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, there have been 11 Miss Universe winners who have worn the crown. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach briefly wore the crown for a shoot and stated that it was really one of her dream crowns.
10. It is one of the favorite crowns.
It is one of the favorite crowns, since it doesn’t feel very static unlike the others. It shows a lot of movement in how it’s crafted and it almost looks like just being blown by the wind.
The mikimoto crown is considered by fans as one of the most beautiful crowns in Miss Universe history, so many were happy for the come back of this crown. Even before, there were already some news that the producer of Miss Universe will most likely return the Mikimoto crown, but they did not give away the year. It was only at Demi Leigh Nel-Peters’ coronation moment when Miss Universe finally revealed that the Mikimoto crown is back.