Updated 16:52 PM PHT Sat, January 23, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – When Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach returned to the Philippines on Saturday (January 23), she brought home with her the coveted multimillion-peso diamond crown.
Friday Feelings. -Pia pic.twitter.com/BihoTJqbSc— Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@MissUniverse) January 22, 2016
According to the Miss Universe Organization, the crown has an estimated value of $300,000 or roughly P14.32 million.
It is encrusted with 311 small polished diamonds, weighing a total of 10.37 karats.
Precious blue stones match Wurtzbach’s royal blue gown
The crown also contains five large blue topaz stones, weighing 18.6 karats each. These symbolize strength and loyalty.
Meanwhile, its 198 dark blue sapphire stones that weigh 18.6 karats each represent faith and wisdom. They matched Wurtzbach’s royal blue evening gown during the coronation.
What makes the crown shine brighter are the 33 natural, translucent and colorless Bohemian crystals which were cut, polished and metalized to enhance light reflection.
Even the case of the crown is made from the highest quality Italian leather, while the base is an 18-karat white gold strip weighing 220 grams.
All in all, the crown weighs 411 grams or almost half a kilo.
A symbol of women’s beauty and power
It was not a piece of cake to put together all the crown’s elements – craftsmen spent over 3,000 hours to finish it.
The crown was created by the Miss Universe pageant sponsor Diamonds International Corp. (DIC) and was unveiled on January 2015.
This makes Wurtzbach the second bearer of the crown, after Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia.
“The crown symbolizes and expresses the beauty, stability, confidence and power of women around the world,” the Miss Universe Organization said.
It also reflects the skyline of New York City, home to the Miss Universe Organization.