Elegant with a hint of mystique, Bidri jewellery is the pride of the rich cultural heritage of India. Initially conceived as a form of art during the time of the Bahami Sultans of Karnataka in the Bidar lands along the 13th and 15th centuries, Bidri was later used in the manufacture of jewellery as well. It is made of copper and zinc, where zinc imparts it with its black polish while copper adds temporary colours to the adornments. Simplistic, yet enshrined with the luxury of past royals like the Nizams in Hyderabad, Bidri is often engraved in several patterns, from flowers to silvery filigree.
Introduced in the northern regions of the country by the traveling Iranians and Persians of the local Muslims and the Lingayat sect, Bidri is proof of cultural exchange along the northern and southern cultures of medieval India. During the age of the Persians, silver and gold was often used for the purpose of inlaying in Bidri art, however, that has been lost and the present Bidri is a unique example of art that remained unchanged with time. An exemplary of the rich Karnataka art, Bidri is often used to manufacture bangles, necklaces and rings, besides the popular jewellery boxes for which it was initially famous for.