Hyderabad is known as the pearl capital of India. I resisted pearl shopping for two complete trips to India before finally giving in and buying myself a little present on my final trip. I used the excuse that I just discovered that my mother loves pearls. I picked her up a chain of signature Hyderabadi rice pearls and then couldn't resist buying a little bling for myself. Not bad, eh? The trick is to go someplace recommended by locals. I chose Mangatrai Pearls in the Inorbit Mall. I paid the equivalent of about $50 USD for two pairs of earrings and the necklace but I knew the quality was high so felt the price was reasonable, especially after I had negotiated for a 30% discount.