After M dealt with a little apartment-fever and sickness-induced meltdown yesterday, he made plans for our driver to take me shopping this afternoon. Not just any shopping though. Shopping for Hyderbadi pearls. Apparently Hyderabad is famous for its pearls although it’s a landlocked city.
Driving here is basically on par with the driving I saw in Cairo, Egypt this past January. It’s a two-lane street, but there are four or five cars abreast of each other, all swerving and honking and going nuts.
He took me to Swati where I suspect he has some sort of deal going with the owners for a cut of whatever I buy. But the owners are very used to dealing with people affiliated with Google and gave me, what I think are, pretty good deals. Right inside the door is a little work station where a jeweler was stringing and matching pearls, creating jewelry as people browsed.
I saw lots of pieces I liked, but in particular two. The first was this three-strand white pearl necklace with 22k gold separating each pearl. It was gorgeous. The luster, feel, and classic yet slightly modern look of it all. I wanted it bad. Too bad it was around $500 or $600 US dollars and I didn’t have enough cash on me.
The other necklace that caught my eye is made of beautiful and colorful unpolished gemstones. The pattern was what really got me though. Just perfect. The varied and patterned shades of emerald, ruby, blue and yellow sapphire is just stunning. Too bad this was more expensive than the pearl necklace.
I ended up with three sets of anti-climatic pearl studs that, while very nice and will make great gifts or solid pieces for me to keep and wear, just can’t compete with the other showstoppers.A girl can dream.