Hyderabad, the heart of Deccan Plateau and the capital city of Telangana has earned the sobriquet of ‘Pearl City’ from a long time as the city is associated with the lucrative trade of splendid pearls and various forms of jewellery made using Pearls. Pearl is considered one of nature's miracles and a marine jewel. The lustre and lucidity of pearls makes this a symbol of purity and it is therefore considered as one of the most sought-after jewels. Pearl trading was greatly encouraged by the Nizam’s and the Qutb Shahi rulers who are believed to have a lot of affinity for the sparkling jewel.
The kings and queens adorned pearls on their robes and even crushed the pearls and applied it topically to enhancing their physical beauty. The wealthy life style led by the royals also resulted in the influx of craftsman from all over the world who were widely engaged in making quality pearl jewellery.
Many families had migrated from Basra in Persia to Hyderabad centuries ago. Hyderabad is considered as the largest trading centre for pearls in India. Localities like Patther Gaati and Laad bazaar are some of the old commercial areas of twin cities where pearls are traded. Quality pearls are procured from various sources and these pearls are drilled, followed by boiling for about four days for bleaching them and getting rid of the dark color.
There are necklaces, pearl pendants, multi-strand bracelets, pearl cluster rings, single pearl rings, earrings, brooches, stud earrings, cufflinks, as well as tie tacks and many more items made with Pearls. The Nawabi city is a one-stop destination for some of the rare, luminescent, and soft and tear drop pearls of all sizes, hues and forms. There are pearl ornaments available in amazing shapes and designs.
Right from the tiny variety of rice pearls to the precious Basra, which is a rare variety, the city is known for unparalleled range of these beautiful jewels. These lustrous pearls of Hyderabad are crafted exquisitely by some of the best craftsmen of India, who leave no efforts to make fine quality pearl jewellery.