December 12, 2019: World-renowned luxury jeweller Mouawad unveiled The Miss Universe Power of Unity Crown, crafted by Mouawad, at an exclusive press event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis today ahead of its grand debut at the 2019 MISS UNIVERSE® competition on Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on FOX and Telemundo. The crown is valued at approximately $5 million USD.
Taking its inspiration from the universal themes of nature, strength, beauty, femininity and community, the crown was created with 18-karat gold and handset with more than 1,770 white diamonds and three golden canary diamonds. These hundreds of diamonds are set in intricate motifs of petals, leaves and vines, representing the communities of women from around the world whose bonds unite them and remind us we are stronger together than apart. The crown's centrepiece, a shield-cut golden canary diamond weighing a magnificent 62.83 carat, and its harmony with the diamonds surrounding it, symbolizes the golden age of women, where they are celebrated for being strong, complex, diverse and unapologetically ambitious.
“The interconnected vine motifs set with diamonds are symbolic of how through forging bonds among communities around the world, we can empower one another to become a force for good,” said Mouawad Co-guardian Fred Mouawad. “Likewise, the crown's name, ‘Power of Unity,' is a message to the world to unite in the cause of humanity”.
The stunning centrepiece diamond and the other two golden canary pears either side were cut by Mouawad from the same rough, sourced from Botswana.
“The three golden canary colored diamonds in the crown were selected to symbolize the optimism created when communities come together to build a better future,” said Mouawad Co-guardian Alain Mouawad.
Mouawad Co-guardian Pascal Mouawad said, “With its powerful message of beauty and unity, the Mouawad Miss Universe Crown is an inspiring work of art and a testament to Mouawad's passion for crafting the extraordinary. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to watch this first Mouawad Miss Universe Crown come to life and now be unveiled to the world”.
The Miss Universe Power of Unity Crown, crafted by Mouawad, made its appearance in front of the world when Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned her successor Miss Zozibini Tunzi, in the live televised event, on Sunday December 8.
“The crown is an exceptionally beautiful incarnation of The Miss Universe Organization values, through its celebration of the good that can be achieved through the unification of women from around the globe as one community,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization.
The partnership between Mouawad and The Miss Universe Organization will see winners of its three prestigious pageants, MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® honored with crowns crafted by Mouawad. The Miss Universe 2019, Miss USA 2020 and Miss Teen USA 2020 titleholders and their successors will also receive a keepsake tiara to own as a treasured memory of their time as reigning queens.