Have you ever wondered why an inland city, Hyderabad, which is around 300km from the seashore is so famous pearl? Pearls are not originated in Hyderabad just like diamonds are not originated in Surat, but still, Hyderabad is the city of pearls and surat is the city of diamonds.
Well, all the credits go to Nizams. Nizam ruled Hyderabad for around two centuries and their lifestyle has a great impact on the city. Nizam had a great inclination for craftmanship which attracted lots of the world experts craftsmen, especially from the Gulf which is the breeding ground of pearls.
Nizams were fond of pearls jewelry and had a fine eye on craftsmanship. They used to gift expensive exquisite pearls jewelry to their wives, they also purchased pearls to add to their own personal collection to enhance their glory. As their passion for pearls becomes popular among gulf countries lots of craftsmen use to visit Hyderabad making it as a commercial city for pearl trade. Since then Hyderabad became famous for pearls and continues to become the one-stop destination for pearl shopping.
Every tourist shop pearls from Hyderabad as they get a vast variety of unique design at a reasonable price. Streets near Charminar are full of pearl shops which have very fine pearl jewelry, pearls embedded with gold, silver or platinum.
Do you Know?
Pearls are never originated in Hyderabad. Nowadays, pearls are mostly imported from China. After importing they are moved to Chandanpet, here they are drilling and polished to give the final pearl jewelry.
Things you can take care while pearl shopping:-
1. You should always shop at well-established shops.
2. Always look for the registration of shop, all shops that sell genuine pearls are registered and hand their certificate in their shop. They will always give you the authenticity certificate for a lifetime.
How to know about the real pearl?
1. Test with your teeth:- Scrape the pearl across your teeth. Real pearls typically feel gritty, but fake pearls feel smooth.
2 Rub one pearl against another lightly. If you feel a sandy friction then they are probably the real pearl
3. Use a magnifying glass or a jeweler’s loupe, examine the pearl surface. Real pearl looks scaly, imitations look grainy.
4. Check for the flaws in the surface and shape of the pearl. Real pearls usually have imperfections. Look at the strands of pearl carefully. If the pearls seem to be uniform in size, color, and shape. It is likely the pearls are not real.
5. Take the pearl into the sunlight or hold them under bright sunlight. Real pearl will reveal a colorful luster that shifts as they move.