Mikimoto Outshines Pigskin at Tournament of Roses

Mikimoto was selected by the Tournament of Roses to design, execute, and supply the crown for the Rose Queen and tiaras for the six Rose Princesses for the next five years. The Rose Queen's crown was designed by Amy-Kim Araneo, director of design and product development for Mikimoto (America) Co. Ltd., with the assistance of Mikimoto's design team in Japan. The design theme of the Rose Queen's crown features a three-dimensional ribbon effect with overlapping swirls and a flow of graduated-size pearls. The Rose Queen crown also features a heart element to signify love. It's valued at $100,000 and features 10 of the finest-quality white South Sea pearls and 632 akoya cultured pearls with 6.09 cts. of diamonds. The crown was handmade by Mikimoto in the company's factory in Japan. It took more than 10 weeks of labor to complete. When not being worn by the Rose Queen and Rose Princesses,

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