It’s not every day that a girl gets to wear, touch or feel premium-quality gold. That is, unless you work in a company that buys and offers gold bars such as Atkinsons Bullion, of course.
On December 20, 2015, however, a young woman from the Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, not only touched gold — she wore it on her head and brought it home as well. Wurtzbach became the owner of the exquisitely designed white-gold and diamond crown after winning the 64th Miss Universe pageant. She was the third woman from her country to win the title, and the second person to bring home the coveted several-hundred-thousand-dollar crown.
How much is it Worth?
Made by one of the pageant’s sponsors, Diamonds International Corp. (DIC), the crown's design was inspired by the skylines of New York City, home to the Miss Universe Organization. The crown is easily about $300,000.
According to the DIC, putting the crown together entailed a lot of hard work. Ten craftsmen reportedly spent more than 3,000 hours combining all the elements together and coming up with a mesmerising crown that embodied all the values that the pageant stood for. The Miss Universe Organization, in turn, shared that the crown signifies the beauty, confidence, stability, and power of women all over the globe.
Wurtzbach from the Philippines is only the second person to bear the crown, after Paulina Vega of Colombia.
What Makes it so Expensive?
What, then, makes the DIC-made crown so expensive?
The 411-gram crown has a base made of an 18-carat white gold strip and is bedecked with 311 small polished diamonds that weigh 10.37 karats in total. Five large blue topaz stones that weigh 18.6 carats each are also part of the design. These stones reportedly represent strength and loyalty. The dark blue sapphire stones, 198 gems all in all, are 18.6 carats each. These gems symbolise faith and wisdom.
The 33 natural colourless and translucent Bohemian crystals, polished and metalised to enhance the way it reflects light, meanwhile, gave the crown a distinct lustre.