Hyderabad – City of Pearls

Widely known for authentic Dum-ka-Biryani, Hyderabad is also famous for pearls. Many tourists won’t leave the city without buying them. Hyderabad is popularly known as the ‘City of Pearls’, even though it is not near to any sea. The pearl market in Hyderabad is wide spread and we can find many experienced merchants in the city. Original pearls are easily available in the market and they come in various sizes, shapes, colours and prices. The city is a centre for trading in India.

The history of pearl trading in Hyderabad is more than 400 years old. Originally, they were traded from Basra in Persian Gulf. Later, the Nizams traded them in abundance. Craftsmen in Hyderabad were skilled in processing, grading and drilling of pearls and that is what makes Hyderabad an important destination for them.

In the outskirts of Hyderabad, there is a village called Chandampet. It is 10 kms from Tupran on the route to Kamarreddy on Medchal highway road, where the entire population of the village is involved in drilling pearls, a unique skill.

Different types
There are three types of pearls available in the city. They are natural, cultured and semi-cultured. Natural ones are obtained from oysters in the sea; usually they are not in a perfect shape.

Cultured ones can be real and natural. They are formed inside an oyster through artificial means; all that are sold in the market are cultured. Semi-cultured are machine-made and come in various shapes and colours. Of the three, the finest quality original ones are highly valued.

The famous and rarest varieties of the lot are the Rice and Basra. The Rice pearl is a tiny variety available only in the selected places of the city like General bazaar, Char Kaman and Gulzar Houz. The second variety Basra is famous for its unmatched sheen, colour and glaze.

Pearls are studded in gold, silver and imitation jewellery. The designs of this jewellery are marvellous and they are used to make different ornaments like pendants, rings, earrings, bangles, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, tie tacks and many more to choose from.

Places to buy in Hyderabad
Pearls are available in every nook and corner of Hyderabad. But if you are looking for variety at affordable prices, then places like Pattargatti and Laad bazaar are best choices. They are also available in markets like Basheerbagh and General bazaar.

Pearls of Hyderabad are admired and possessed by people around the world. The city is a destination for rare, lustrous and various varieties that come in different sizes, shapes, colours and prices. If you are a pearl lover, then Hyderabad city has all of them.

Black and White Accessories – Top 10 Trends

Everyone knows that black and white are a classic combination. Black and white have combined to create some truly iconic fashion moments over the years, from Chanel’s Timeless Classic Handbag to Audrey Hepburn in a timeless monochrome ballgown with black and white accessories.

But is the monochrome trend worn out? What black and white accessories trends can we expect to see on the catwalks, red carpets and streets? These 10 style pointers are your perfect guide!

1) White dresses and black leather jackets – this is a great combination that contrasts feminine dresses with a cropped leather jacket. Think Rebel Without a Cause with added femininity.

2) Beaded necklaces with statement ribbons in black silk are set to be hot for the rest of 2009 and beyond. Just check out Vera Wang’s knotted pearls with black silk ribbon.

3) Geometric patterns and prints. Graphic appeal is hot, hot, hot. Enough said.

4) Accessorise your little black dress with silver jewellery. And not just conventional stuff, but why not try something a little different? Like black and silver jewellery made from natural seeds polished to shiny black. Or faceted black agate earrings. An added benefit: black and silver jewellery will outlast the season and you’ll want to wear it several years from now.

5) Ruffle sandles in silver are cool. Or even regular flip-flops or gladiator sandals in black and white. ‘Cos black and white accessories include shoes and footwear too!

6) Silver sequins can make your little black dress really stand out. Or black and silver jewellery with sequins.

7) Stripey T-shirts in Russian Navy style – a new take on the classic T-shirt. And why not accessorize with an on-trend beaded necklace in white?

8) An original take on an old favourite – leopard print in grey and white can look awesome. No wonder the likes of Rachel Weisz, Demi Moore and Scarlet Johannson have all been snapped wearing grey-toned leopard print on the red carpet.

9) Black and white accessories or clothing allow you to add a splash of colour! We’re talking a bold splash of red or turquoise or yellow! Go for it! You don’t just have to accessorise with black and silver jewellery!

10) Black and white can be really flattering, and remember that strategically arranged bands of contrast colour can make you look a lot more slender!

Things to Know Before Buying a Ring for Your Loved One

When you are looking to buy a ring for your loved one, there are a number of factors that will determine your purchase alongside the cost of good quality ring insurance.

When you are looking to buy a diamond ring, for example, you should consider the four Cs of cut, colour, clarity and carat. The cut is the only characteristic of a diamond that is not influenced by nature, meaning that you should look out for errors and bad practices that compromise a diamond’s defining sparkle. The most valuable and rare diamond colour is white, otherwise known as colourless. A diamond’s clarity is a factor that you should not worry about too much, especially given that the small “inclusions” which are usually invisible to the naked eye make your diamond unique. Lastly, you should consider the carat, or weight of your diamond, which also naturally determines its size.

The four Cs will be familiar to any reputable jeweller, who will be happy to discuss them with you when showing you the diamonds. You should also consider the fifth C: the cost of the ring. Rather than being intimidated by the tradition of spending one or two months’ salary on an engagement ring, instead spend the amount that seems most appropriate to you, one that you can actually afford. You will also want to be sure that you are buying a ring that your partner will actually want to wear. Perhaps the best piece of advice of all is to never spring a surprise on her with a ring that you have chosen by yourself as this is more likely to match your own tastes, rather than hers.

In choosing the right ring for your loved one, you should consider the style of jewellery that is already in her collection. She may favour modern or traditional jewellery, or she may like any of yellow gold, white gold, two-tone (yellow and white gold) or platinum, with the latter being a particularly popular choice of metal for an engagement ring. Take note of her reactions to the rings that she sees on an everyday basis, and possibly ask her female relatives or girlfriends for more advice on her tastes, just as long as you trust them not to reveal that you are buying a ring for her!

In the case of an engagement ring in particular, whatever your romantic instincts, you are absolutely advised to include your wife-to-be in any decision.