Can any women resist the glow of pearls? None. It so happens that India has its own pearl kingdom in the city of Hyderabad, also known as the 'City of Pearls'.
Hyderabad and pearls go way back in history to the 19th century. Legend has it, that kings showered their people with pearls during ceremonies as gifts.
As Ram Dutt Malji, became the royal jeweller, his son Seth Kedarnathji Motiwale, opened the first ever pearl rims in Patthargatti in 1902. Though started with pearls from the Persian Gulf, the trade began to flourish with Indian pearls.
Even today, there is a village called Chandapet, just outside the city, fully dedicated to the art of drilling pearls, the 'Queen of Pearls'.
Types of Pearls
Pearls generally are of two types: Real and Cultured. Once the pearls are extracted, they are segregated according to their shapes, and then drilled either horizontally or vertically by skilled artisans.
Once the drilling is done, pearls are graded according to their sheen, shape, glaze, lustre, size and uniformity. The color of a pearl is determined by observation under ultraviolet light.
Famous types of Pearls in Hyderabad
Like any other pearl city in the world, Hyderabad also has its own signature pearls that never cease to attract buyers from all over the world.
Cultured pearls embedded in gold and silver jewellery of exquisite designs are one of the landmark creations of pearl jewellery in Hyderabad.
The incomparable 'Basra'- a pearl with an unbeatable luster, color and price is a star attraction to the pearls of Hyderabad.
The 'Rice-pearl', a miniscule variety of pearls are also much sought after.
Unique Pearl Jewellery
Jewels made from pearls range from a variety of bracelets and chokers. Some special varieties include:
Chatai (a mat type chain, rings and earrings)
Hath pool (for the fingers and wrist)
Chand bali (moon-shaped earring)
Rassi (rope-like chain)
Satlad (seven strand pearl set with precious stones) and many more.
Where to find pearls in Hyderabad
So if you are in Hyderabad, you cannot afford not to buy pearls from the city and gift it to your loved ones or keep one for yourself!
BlueStone Jewellery Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Address: Plot No, G-2, Ground Floor, 36 Square, M.No 8-2-293/82/A/481, 481, Rd Number 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033, Phone: 093249 32960