Hyderabad, the city of Nizams is also referred as the ‘city of pearls’. The city is known for its wide variety and excellent quality of pearls. Any tour to the city is incomplete if you have not gone for shopping Hyderabadi Pearls.
The history of pearls in Hyderabad is almost as old as the city itself. Pearls were apparently brought by a royal merchant around 1906. During ancient time, the trade of pearls depended on the ones from Persian Gulf. The pearls are mostly of two kinds. These are real and cultured. The village of Chandanpet which is located quite close to Hyderabad is one of the main centre with skilled and efficient craftsmen working since ages, making it one of the most important drilling centres of India.
After drilling, the pearls are boiled for at least for 4 days and later washed and separated based on their sizes and shapes. They are also separated based on their colours. White pearls are traditionally most popular although pink and black pearls are also increasingly gaining popularity amongst buyers.
Hyderabad has various pearls shops offering wide variety of pearl jewelry as well as single pearls. Some of these are Mangatrai, Kedarnathji Motiwale, Jagadamba, etc. However, Pathergatti and Lad Bazaar are known for pearls since ancient times and have hundreds of shops selling all kinds of Hyderabad pearls and in various price range as well. Some of the popular ornaments using Hyderabadi pearls are chand bali, Satlads, hath phoo, bracelets, vaddenam, etc.