July 20, 2008

The Mikimoto crown will return!

We went from this glorious diadem...

"Depicted the phoenix rising, signifying status, power and beauty. The crown had 500 diamonds of almost 30 carats (6.0 g), 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3 to 18mm diameter and is valued at $250,000. The Crown was designed specifically for the pageant on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan with the Mikimoto crown and tiara being first used for Miss Universe 2002."

To this very average 'pageanty' tiara

CAO Fine Jewelry (a line of the renowned Phu Nhuan Jewelry (PNJ) company in Vietnam) created the 2008 Miss Universe crown. It was designed by Rosalina Tran Lydster of Jewelry by Rosalina and Ms. Dang Thi Kim Lien of CAO Fine Jewelry. Valued at $120 thousand dollars, it is made of 18K white and yellow gold. It is comprised of over 1,000 precious stones; including 555 white diamonds (30 carats), 375 cognac diamonds (14 carats), 10 smoky quartz crystals (20 carats) and 19 morganite gemstones (60 carats). The colors of the jewels chosen for the crown have great significance. The yellow luster of the gold represents the prosperous thriving economy in Vietnam. White, light pink and cognac are the main hues in the crown which represent inspiration and feeling. Each piece of the crown was designed to represent an important attribute of the Miss Universe Pageant. The curves of inlaid precious stones represent the strong development and potential of each country. The image of the crane (Lac Bird) symbolizes Vietnamese spirit and culture. The image of the heart represents unified breath, rhythm and vision, which are powerful internal forces that stress faith, hope and unity.
Wikipedia contributors. Miss Universe. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. July 20, 2008, 02:37 UTC. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Miss_Universe&oldid=226737270. Accessed July 20, 2008.

But this Vietnamese crown was only used for the 57th edition of the Miss Universe Pageant and the Mikimoto crown will return in 2009! Ha! They fooled us!

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  1. hey!!! that viet crown is so not plain and average! i mean, i definitely like the Mikimoto crown tons better, it's more elegant and everything but the Lac Bird one is pretty too.

  2. Ok. The 2009 Miss Universe crown will be much uglier. I mean they will be using back to the fake gems era of Miss Universe. I mean they will be using cubic zirconia from Diamond Nexus Labs.

    Also I'm very curious why Dayana Mendoza seems to wear the Mikimoto crown and the 2008 crown on her various photoshoots and events. I mean is she suppose to wear only the sponsor crown which is her 2008 crown from Vietnam?

  3. The crown from 2008 sponsor is so ugly! looks like something you can get in Chinatown.