Merchandise at Antonio Bernardo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Antonio Bernardo

A pioneer of the revolution in jewelry design that brought Brazilian style out of the heavy, fake-colonial pieces, Bernardo creates delicate designs in silver and gold that have set the standard for modern elegance for three decades.

Merchandise at Atelier Schiper, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Atelier Schiper

Brazilian sisters Aline and Alessandra Schiper draw inspiration from native flowers, birds and insects. Top sellers are their multicolored rings, featuring local gemstones.

Interior at  Dona Coisa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dona Coisa

A small atelier in Jardim Botânico with limited collections by new and interesting designers.

Interior at Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Feira Hippie de Ipanema

Back in the late ’60s, there were hippies selling their handcrafts at Ipanema’s Praça General Osório. The hippies may be gone, but the open-air market remains: every Sunday, from 8 a.m. to sundown, Feira Hippie de Ipanema attracts cariocas and visitors with a fun, vibrant mix of arts, crafts, jewelry, musical instruments, pottery, clothes and toys. Hidden in the touristy chaos are some terrific finds in jewelry, leather and pottery. Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of time for browsing and haggling (most vendors speak some English). Indagare Tip: Next door is café and shop Amazonia Soul.

Interior at Francesca Romana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Francesca Romana

Romana’s stylish designs have made her an international celebrity. Using magnificent Brazilian gems in small settings, she creates high-style modern pieces in silver, gold, platinum and vermeil; her bold chunky styles are also sought after. (And her jewelry costs considerably less here than it does on Madison Avenue.) There are also branches in Fashion Mall and Design Barra Shopping.

Parceria Carioca

This little shop showcases a unique assortment of pieces by Brazilian designers and handmade items by artisans from local co-ops. It’s one of my favorites, and the ideal place to pick up that hard-to-find gift: embroidered T-shirts, amazing purses, pretty custom jewelry and unusual housewares. There is another location at ua Visconde de Pirajá 215.

Shopping Leblon

The new kid in town, and with its convenient location and fine selection of stores, this mall is definitely worth a visit. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays and holidays 3 p.m.–9 p.m.

Merchandise at Yrys Albuquerque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Yrys Albuquerque

Albuquerque, a young Brazilian designer, uses native stones in traditional styles and has established herself as a force in Brazil’s jewelry design.


Bel Buffara, Maria Paula Alqueres and Luísa Moura started their business by salvaging and updating their friends’ antique jewelry; it’s now run by Alqueres. Her pieces, primarily in white gold and diamonds, blend the classic and the casual. And she can transform your great-grandmother’s pin into a pair of exquisite earrings.

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