The unveiling of the Mouawad MISS UNIVERSE Force for Good Crown took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on January 12, 2023, ahead of the 71st MISS UNIVERSE Competition and the crowning ceremony.
The event began with a short history of MISS UNIVERSE Crowns before Mouawad Fourth Generation Co-guardian Fred Mouawad took to the stage to share insight into the newest Mouawad creation, the MISS UNIVERSE 2022 Force for Good Crown, followed by a video on its making.
Paying tribute to the values of the MISS UNIVERSE Organization and the platform it gives to women to use their voices as a driver for positive change, the Mouawad MISS UNIVERSE 2022 Force for Good Crown is a unique, bespoke work emanating Mouawad's passion for crafting the extraordinary and featuring the meticulous setting of sapphires and diamonds, whose design symbolizes the dynamics at play when taking action to bring about any fundamental change. Valued at $5.75 million, the crown is set with 48.12 carat of diamonds and 108.44 carat of sapphires.
The main motifs of the crown are rippling waves, which represent the need for any call for change to be repeated across time and to various audiences in order to build the momentum necessary for change to emerge. The ultimate goal of change for good is represented by a 45.14 carat royal blue sapphire that stands victorious at the peak of the crown.
Reflecting the point that significant change does not happen in an instant but only after a sustained effort over time, the base of the crown is set with diamonds symbolizing the status quo. As the eye moves upward from the base of the crown, the color gradient changes from the glistening white of diamonds to the warm blue of sapphires, deepening in intensity toward the pinnacle of the crown. The royal blue color of the sapphire at the top symbolizes goodness and hope for a brighter future.
The crown also reminds us that there is seldom change without resistance, as there will always be stakeholders who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. To symbolize these forces that try to prevent change, the abstract motifs at the base of the crown represent a serpent’s head and are set in white diamonds. These serpents are outnumbered by the rippling waves above them, meaning that ultimately they are overpowered by the force for good.
Fourth generation Mouawad Co-guardian Fred Mouawad commented: “It has been an honor to be present at the unveiling of the Mouawad MISS UNIVERSE Force for Good Crown in New Orleans and to share this work of extraordinary craftsmanship ahead of the 71st MISS UNIVERSE Competition. I look forward to seeing it take its rightful place in the crowning ceremony, crowning a winner and encouraging so many other women to continue advocating for their causes, with the aim of making a positive impact on society and being an authentic force for good that inspires the world.”