Miss South Africa 2019 jewellery sponsor American Swiss has unveiled a glittering and magnificent crown named Buhle for this year's prestigious event. World-renowned local jewellery designer, Johan Louw, collaborated on the design and magic was created.
Buhle was inspired by ubuhle uthingo lenkosazane, which means “the beauty of a rainbow” and was chosen as a celebration of women, cultural diversity and our rainbow nation.
The crown was handcrafted in premium 925 sterling silver and features over 2 500 fine-cut cubic zirconia stones of the highest grade, which were hand cut and set by master Diamond cutters and have a total weight of 182cts.
Marketing Director, Zimbini Peffer said, “after the rain that cleanses and restores, we are blessed with the enchanting beauty of a rainbow. Each of its seven colours beautiful and vibrant in their own right. An inspiring reminder that after each storm there is the promise of a new dawn. What better way to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our nation, than with uBuhle uthingo lenkosazana – the beauty of the rainbow. Carried with grace and beauty, shining light across the nation and beyond.”
Peffer adds, “Rising up from the colourful foundation are pavé cubic zirconia stones that are heralded by larger princess-cut stones, reminiscent of shooting stars. Knowing who you are and where you come from is important.
“Our vibrant diversity forms the foundation that grounds us and allows us to reach for the stars. Nestled in between the shooting stars is the American Swiss icon, inspired by the protea, our national flower.”
According to Stephane Weil of the Miss South Africa Organisation, they are 'delighted' by Buhle as she described it a befitting crown to the woman that will be wearing the title for the first time on Friday, 9 August.
The Miss South Africa pageant will be held at Time Square in Pretoria on Women’s Day, 9 August. The beauty pageant contest would be broadcasted live on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) from 17h00.
This year members of the public can vote for their favourite contestant on the Miss South Africa website at www.misssa.co.za. The winner of the People’s Choice will automatically make it to the Top 10 on pageant night.
Close to R3 million in prize money and sponsorships for this year’s glittering pageant is up for grabs. The winner of the competition will walk away with at least R1 million in cash and other prizes. The runner-up takes home R250 000 in cash and all other 16 finalists will receive R25 000.