The Stunning Mikimoto crown was first introduced for the Miss Universe pageant in 2002 and was the pageants signature crown until 2007. The Mikimoto crown was specifically designed for the pageant on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan. Valued at $250,000, the crown used over 800 diamonds,and was almost 18 carats. 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls were used ranging in size from 3.0 - 18 mm. In 2002, Oxana Fedorova was the first Miss Universe to wear the new crown.
Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003, from the Dominican Republic, is on the cover of "Universal Beauty."
Universal Beauty: The MISS UNIVERSE Guide to Beauty
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