Hyderabad was founded in the year, 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of Qutb Shahi Dynasty. It was ruled by successive Nizams of Asaf Jahi Dynasty until the state was merged into Indian Union in 1948.
Though it is one of the fastest growing cities of India, and has emerged as a strong industrial ,commercial and technology center, it still preserves the past gold bangles. Not only pearls and Nizams it has other remarkable credits also.
Hyderabad, which is the capital of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is located in the banks of Musi River in Deccan Plateau. Its 7.75 million residents make it the fourth most populous Indian city the sixth most populous urban agglomeration. Hyderabad is known as "India's pharmaceutical capital" and "Genome Valley of India"due to the outstanding growth of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
It is also known as "Cyber city" as it is one among the global centers of information technology. Though all these credentials add to its enormous pride, the unique name PEARL CITY is the most popular term that comes in the mind of every Indian when he thinks of Hyderabad. It is due to its significant role in the trade of pearls. Pearl trading is happening in the city for over many centuries and hence it has an inevitable role.
During the Qutb Shahi reign, Golconda was one of the leading markets in diamonds and pearls. The GOLD BANGLES Shahi rulers and the Nizams loved pearls and diamonds and patronized the trade in an elaborate way.
The Azab Jahi Nizams wore robes of pearls studded with diamonds as part of their royal privileges. They also used the paste of crushed pearls to induce beauty.
They led a luxurious life and their affluence brought craftsmen from all over the world especially from the Middle East where rare pearls were abundant.
The queens were covered with pearls and weighed against pearls on their birth days.