The Miss Universe competition has crowned its winners with a beautiful crown made of some of the most priceless materials in the world, including diamonds, since its first-ever pageant in 1952. They have always been the center of attention, whether they were royal
headpieces donated to the organization or crowns manufactured especially for the international contest.
In the nearly 70-year history of the pageant, 10 crowns have been created or passed down to the pageant and placed atop the winner’s head. Early crowns occasionally had pearls and rhinestones, but more modern crowns, such as the Force for Good crown created by Mouawad this year, have been coated in diamonds.
Here’s a look at all the crowns for the Miss Universe pageant through the years.
The Imperial Crown (1952-1953)
The crown had 1,535 diamonds in total and was insured for $500,000, Miss Finland, Armi Kuusela was the first Miss Universe who donned this crown
The Metallic Bronze Crown (1953-1954)
In 1953, a metallic bronze crown was used in place of the Miss Universe crown. Miss France (Christiane Martel ), was the only Miss Universe winner to put on this crown. It is most likely the most peculiar of all the crowns because it had a highly sturdy design and, unlike the other crowns, lacked crystals or Rhinestones.
The Star Crown (1954-1960)
The next Miss Universe crown was known as Star of the Universe because of the star-shaped top of the crown. It weighed 1.25 pounds and was made up of about 1,000 aligned cultivated and black pearls that were set in solid gold and platinum. It is reportedly worth $500,000.
The 10th Anniversary Rhinestone Crown (1961-1963)
The Miss Universe Organization sought a special crown to mark its tenth anniversary in 1961.
Miss Germany and Miss Argentina were the only two Miss Universe winners who wore this Rhinestone crown.
Crown of Sarah Coventry (1963-1973)
This is one of the Miss Universe pageant’s most renowned crowns. Created in 1963, the crown featured a female figure with a scepter in the center and was introduced in the year of its creation. Brazil’s Leda Maria Vargas, Miss Universe in 1963, had the honor of donning this crown for the first time.
The Symbol Chandelier Crown (1973-2001)
This was a redesign of the Sarah Coventry crown. Miss Denise Quinones of Puerto Rico was the last to don this crown in 2001
The Mikimoto Pearl Crown (2001-2007)
The Mikimoto crown which was created on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan included a rising phoenix and was a symbol of status, power, and beauty. The crown which was worth $250,000 contains 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls that range in size from 3 to 18 mm in diameter, as well as 500 diamonds that total over 30 carats (6.0 g). It was first worn by Miss Universe in 2002.
CAO Jewelry Crown (2007-2008)
Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, Miss Universe 2008, was the only queen to ever wear this crown in Vietnam. It was made of 18-carat white and yellow gold and had more than 1,000 precious stones, and was worth $120,000. This crown stood for motivation and emotion.
Peace Crown (2009-2013)
The Peace crown was the first and only crown to be made with synthetic stones and was made by Diamond Nexus Lab. It was worn by two Miss Universe winners before it was replaced.
DIC Crown (2013-2016)
This was the most recognizable crown and was estimated at $300,000. In 2014, Colombia’s Paulina Vega became the first person to don this crown. The second person to wear this crown was Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015.
Mikimoto Crown (2017)
The Mikimoto crown was repeated in 2017 and was worn by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who won the Miss Universe that year.
Power of Unity Crown (2019 - 2022)
The Mouawad’s Power Of Unity Crown was the designer’s first Miss Universe crown after entering into a partnership with the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant in 2019. The Power of Unity Crown is estimated at $5 million and compared to previous crowns, it is one of the smallest in size.
Force of Good Crown (2022…)
This is Mouawad’s second Miss Universe crown, and it costs a staggering $6 million. It is made of 108.44 carats of blue sapphires and 48.12 carats of white diamonds.
On January 14, 2023, Miss USA, R’bonney Gabriel won Miss Universe 2022 and became the first woman to wear the Force Of Good Crown.
From 1952 to the present, 70 beautiful women have had the honor of donning these 12 brilliant pieces of jewelry to become Miss Universe. You can join this bevy of beautiful women by purchasing replicas of the crowns online or in stores for that super-duper wedding you are planning.