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Pearl Souvenir from the City of Pearls, Hyderabad

Hyderabad attracts tourists from across the globe to visit the famous Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Ramoji Film City, Birla Mandir and many more city attractions. But a trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without shopping for pearls.
Pearl souvenirs has become an integral part of the city’s culture since years. But have you ever wondered why Hyderabad is called the "City of Pearls" though being miles away from the oceans? The story dates back to over 200 years when Hyderabad was ruled by the Nizams. For more than two centuries, that is from 18th century till the mid of 20th century, the Nizams ruled the princely states of Hyderabad. Known for their opulent lifestyle, imperial reign and patronage for craftsmanship, the Nizams demanded the best of jewellery and thus attracted many craftsmen, especially from the Arabian Gulf where the original pearls were found in abundance. Eventually, Hyderabad became the hub of pearls. 

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There are two types of pearls- real and cultured. The real pearls are obtained from oysters and are very expensive. Cultured pearls are an imitation of real pearls and undergo the extensive process of drilling. Skilled artisans in Chandanpet in the outskirts of the city are involved in the drilling process of pearls. Post this, the pearls are graded according to the sheen, glaze, shape, size, lustre and uniformity. Pearls are mostly found in white, pale white, pink and black colours and in various shapes and sizes; the most sort of being the round and rice-shaped ones. An easy way to distinguish a real pearl is by its shape and size. No two pearls have the same shape or size nor do they glimmer. The real and cultured pearls are used to make different kinds of ornaments like Kundan sets, bracelets, Satlads, Lacchas, Chokers, Waist belt etc.

If you plan to shop for authentic pearls, look out for jewellery stores in the Charminar area, General Bazaar and not to forget the entire street consisting of pearl shops named Phatter Ghatti. Branches of leading jewellery stores are spread across different parts of the city, in malls and even in the International Airport. You can also find the perfect pearl set with a combination of rich rubies, emeralds, gold and silver in any of the famous local jewellery along with a lifetime warranty card for the pearls. It is better to stay away from any street stalls selling pearls though they might be inexpensive and look attractive with their sheen as they can turn out duplicate.

Having stayed in Hyderabad for more than eight years, I can recommend few stores to help you find your best pearl souvenirs-
• Krishna Pearls and Jewellers
• Mangatrai Pearls, Gems and Jewellers
• Sri Ram Jewellers
• Sri Jagdamba Pearls
• Kedarnath Motiwale Pearls
• Meena Jewellers
• Manepally Jewellers

I am sure you all will agree that Wearing pearls gives us an Air of Refinement and pearl of wisdom is that if you do not have time to dive deep into the sea in search of pearls , just travel to the city of pearls to own this appropriate treasure !!

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Comments (15)

Fanny Posted on Jul 21, 2018

Keep on writing and chniggug away!


Nandani Datta Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Hyderabad is a great city. Never visited but thanks for sharing so much about it. Would like to visit

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Anchal Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Missing Hyderabad after reading this post. I bought pearls from there during my last visit.

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Nov 14, 2017

I know that Hyderabad is well known for pearls.. I had got so many pearl jewelry in my last trip to Hyderabad .

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Rakhi Parsai Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Thank you for sharing the detailed list of places from where we can shop authentic pearls. I have been gifted two sets some 5 years back and still they have not lost and shine. Indeed Hyderabad is the best place to buy pearls.

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Monika Sehdev Posted on Nov 14, 2017

This is Beautiful. Thx for Sharing Some information about this Beautiful City Hyderabad !

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Abhinav Singh Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Hyderabad is known for its pearls. I got one for gifting too when I visited.


Honey Prisha Lalwani Posted on Nov 13, 2017

I must now ask all my Hyderabad friends to get me Pearls as gifts hahaha. Tha skills for sharing this info.

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Sneha Jain Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Wow the pearl looks so good


Preetjyot Kaur Posted on Nov 13, 2017

I love pearls and got some pearl jewelry for my mom and sister when I went to Hyderabad last. This is a great post for all looking out for good options for buying pearl jewellery.


Ghazala Naseem Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Nice and detailed post , I also like pearl Jewelry, shopped from various places in Hyderabad and being in Hyderabad love shopping pearl for myself and for others .

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Bushra Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Never know that Hyderabad is city of pearls thanks for sharing valueable tips to keep in mind while buying pearl

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Jiya Posted on Nov 13, 2017

I do have headerabadi pearls set its gorgeous. I always flaunt it. Loved the post and the indepth info you shared here.

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Prerna Sinha Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Pearls always make a classy statement and when it comes to Hyderabad my favourite destination is Mangatrai.

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Minakshi Bajpai Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Wow great informative post. Wasnt aware that Hyderabad is famous for perals specially. I never been to there but if i go in future then definetly will buy some pearl jewelry. Thanks for sharing this great info.

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Deepa Dwarkanath

VP HR DriveIT Technologies, Hydrebad. An MBA in HR and Marketing. Also an active baker, loves cooking and reading. Was previously associated with Wandertrails as a part-time Content Writer.

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