Titled Enhle which means “beautiful one” in isiZulu, the name was chosen through a social media competition which attracted hundreds of entries.
A prominent feature of the glittering masterpiece is the infinity sign to which is said to ‘symbolise the enormity and ongoing nature of Miss South Africa’s role’, not only during her year of reign but into the future.
The crown’s three largest stones are sugilite (also called luvulite and sold as the stone of love) which are often associated with royalty thanks to their purple colour. These were mined near Hotazel in the Northern Cape.
Other stones used in the crown are amethyst and white quartz crystals.
“We chose the materials used in Enhle to be symbolic of Miss South Africa’s reign. Sugilite is believed to have protective and healing properties. We hope that it will keep her safe during her reign as well as help her unite our nation. Amethyst is a stone that works in the emotional, physical and spiritual planes to provide calm, balance, patience and peace.Howard Friedman, designer of the crown and owner of Jack Friedman Jewellers said in a statemen
The jewellers also designed the Palesa crown which was worn by Rolene Strauss.
“The names of all former Miss South Africa title holders are going to be engraved on the crown, so that the history of Miss South Africa over the decades carries on through this crown.” Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive of the Cell C Foundation said.
The 12 women who are vying to wear Enhle are Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State); Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga); Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape); Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape); Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape); Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga); Reabetswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng); Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape); Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng); Schané Venter (Alberton, Gauteng); Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng) and Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng).
Taking place at Carnival City on March 19, the Miss South Africa pageant will be televised on M-Net and Mzansi Magic from 17h00 to 19h00 on Saturday.