The Portuguese capital may not be famed as one of Europe’s great shopping cities, but when it comes to jewellery shops, it punches well above its weight. Nestled amid the shopping districts of Bairro Alto and Baixa or planted grandly on the Avenida da Liberdade are jewellery shops of varying vintage, specialism, and price range. Add to this Lisbon’s charming sense of old world romance and you have a city high on amour but refreshingly low on cliché. In short, the perfect place to make that all-important purchase. From classic international brands such as Cartier and Piaget to individual and sought-after Portuguese designs courtesy of Leitão & Irmão, if your heart’s set on tracing down the perfect engagement ring, here are the best Lisbon jewellery shops to help you find it.
Anselmo 1910 at the Amoreiras Shopping Center
After a century in the Lisbon jewellery trade, Anselmo 1910 remains a family business – and a thriving one at that. This Portuguese jewellery institution has two branches in Lisbon, one in the upmarket and iconic Amoreiras Shopping Center on the Avenida Duarte Pacheco, the other in the Centro Columbo in the Avenue Lusada. If you’re looking for the prestige that comes with luxury international brands, Anselmo 1910 is the registered stockist of numerous big names, most notably, the Swiss engagement ring specialists Piaget.
The Avenida Liberdade is Lisbon’s designer shopping stretch, where high-end stores, from Armani to Zegna, line the broad, leafy streets. Unsurprisingly, this is where the renowned French jeweller is located – and Boutique Cartier’s premises are fittingly opulent. The service is, of course, excellent, and here you can choose a ring from Cartier’s nine different engagement and wedding collections of varying styles. Do you want white gold? Yellow gold? Pink gold? All three? For the exclusive touch, you can have your solitaire made to your own specification.
Joalharia Ferreira Marques
In contrast, over in the Baixa district, retro-fronted jewellery stores ply their trade with the honed service you’d expect from decades in the business. You certainly sense that the famous Joalharia Ferreira Marque has barely changed throughout its lifetime. Indeed, a shot of its façade, looking exactly as it does now, was featured in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. What was 007 doing at Joalharia Ferreira Marques? Buying a wedding ring, of course. Nowadays, engagement rings from international manufacturers nestle side-by-side with more unique, Portuguese-made designs in a stock that’s frequently changing.