German And Portuguese Contemporary Jewelry

November 8, 2013 , In: General

I just returned from three weeks in Germany and a week in Lisbon, Portugal.  I met my husband when he was an exchange student from Germany to the United States, so all my in-laws are in Germany, in the general vicinity of Frankfurt. We spent about 3 weeks with family and then took a week for ourselves in Lisbon, Portugal.  The week in Lisbon was a 40th wedding anniversary gift that we gave ourselves!

Whenever we were out and about, I kept a sharp eye out for jewelry store windows, with artisan jewelry.  I’m going to share some of my discoveries and hope that they will be an inspiration for you.  In general, I found clean, contemporary lines, with nothing rustic or shabby chic to be seen.


Lampwork or Slumped Glass
More Handmade Glass
So Graceful!
Some Pretty Beaded Jewelry
Love this set of earrings and necklace!
Similar to the set above, but more rounded and in gold.
Some amber, beaded jewelry.


Love these!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of German and Portuguese contemporary artisan jewelry!  Which pieces of jewelry did you like best?  Why?


Linda Landig

Linda Landig has been designing jewelry for over 30 years. Color play is the driving force in her work, closely followed by an obsession with texture. Linda soon discovered that art beads could provide much of the color and texture she sought. Linda has an affinity for floral themes, dating back to childhood efforts to raise irises. She has taken courses in metalsmithing and lampwork, but it is ceramics that has captured her heart. Linda has two adult children and lives in Olympia, WA with her husband of 42 years.
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    Thank you for the photos. I prefer the beaded jewellery. I also love those glass pendants – great shape and colours.

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    Great finds! I love that last necklace with the metal discs!

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    I love all the graceful curves especially the lampwork/slumped glass.

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    Nice little article! I've been to Portugal and Germany, doing the "roots" thing (I'm of Portuguese and German descent). I remember seeing some amazing gemstone jewelry in Lisbon – extremely expensive, but beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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    Other than the two top glass pieces, my favorite is the last one…totally my style. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow just WOW!

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