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7 Nov

Here’s how Basra Pearls came to be the choice of ornamentation

Stylish and elegant, pearls are most desired for their timeless appeal and lustrous glow

WHERE IT BEGAN: Pratiksha Prashant, CEO, Kishandas & Co, shares, “Basra pearls and Hyderabad are synonymous with each other. The earliest Basra pearls were brought to India from Persia by the Nizam of Hyderabad and were used as the royal family’s choice of ornamentation. From the surface treatment of the ceremonial garments that were embellished with pearls to the famed satladas (seven-stringed pearl necklace studded with kundan drops) and the use of pearls as enhancements around precious stones in earrings—Basra pearls have had a longstanding association with Hyderabad.”

PHOTO BY KISHANDAS & CO

THE PRECIOUS FACTOR: Basra pearls are valued for their firmness that make them durable and hence, valuable. The pearl’s pristine lustre is the reason why it is often used as a part of kundanand polkidesigns.

ASSOCIATED REGIONS: While natural pearls were found across India, especially Hyderabad, Basra pearls get their name from the city of Basra in Iraq where it was traded.

OWN IT: Brides must own a satlada and a pair of jhoomars with pearl strings, feels Prashant.

Lead Photo: The Cheesecake Project

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