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Silver still sizzles

`Tibarumal and Sons' near Charminar is one reliable store that offers a great variety in silver artefacts.

INTRICATE FILIGREE: The workmanship is exquisite.

THE WINDING lanes of Charkaman near Charminar transport you to another world. Never mind the cackling music or the flashy coke hoardings, the whiff of old Hyderabad never quite yields to the sprouting modern milieu.

For centuries, the lanes have borne the strange synthesis of the ancient and contemporary lending the old city a charm of its own.

And you will just find the same when you enter Tibarumal's jewellery store.

English-speaking grandchildren dressed in contemporary attires may have replaced the turbaned johri of yesteryear, but the shop `Tibarumal and Sons' has successfully retained the old world atmosphere amidst modernisation over the decades.

"Their family has been in the business for over several decades," says Anirudh Gupta - a fifth generation merchant.

STERLING TABLEWARE: Cutlery guaranteed to enhance your mealtimes.

"Since then, the store has carved out its market in jewellery and silverware, particularly tableware," he continues.

Earlier having silverware was part of the culture and an investment. Today it is part of a status symbol and much in vogue.

Setting up decorative silverware in drawing rooms is considered fashionable these days. The Guptas used the services of kaarigars from various parts of the country, including Karimnagar famed for its Jaal work.

Today the price of silver has gone up considerably and the buyer is more discerning and aware of his tastes.

"Like fashion, even tableware has changed in style. Until a couple of decades back, silver tableware was the traditional thali and katori but now it is the contemporary style in plates, bowls and even cutlery.

In fact some of them are polished with gold to give the classy look and the style of nobility, says Anirudh Gupta. Old styles, like the Rajvaadi style are making a comeback.

GOOD CRAFTING: The idols can adorn any room.

A minor lay down for silver tableware has been the emerging crystal and expensive imported Bone Chinaware, which are infiltrating the market, but nevertheless silver's position remains intact, as it forms a large part in many a household and in the homes of the nouve riche who like to flaunt their status. People are also getting health conscious. It is said eating out of silver or gold plate is good for health.

Silver jewellery is also getting popular day by day. Earlier, it was the poor man's gold but today the antique look silver jewellery studded with precious and semiprecious stones radiates, is a style statement.

Festivals and weddings are the best seasons to check out the quaint old shop. "These are the times when business is several times more than the normal," concurs Anirudh.

The Guptas not only deal with silver but also gold, diamond and other precious stones. Their silverware, however, have an edge for the distinct style as well as the faith. In case you are looking for some exquisite tableware or artefacts, here is the store that not only lives up to your expectations but also delivers faith for the price you pay.



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