Piercing Party w/ J. Colby

October 16, 2017
by Lauren Wolf
We hosted LA/NY piercer, J Colby Smith, over the weekend at ESQUELETO Oakland and we had a blast! We raised over $1600 in donations to the American Red Cross for the fire relief efforts in Northern California. Thanks again for coming out and showing your support over the weekend!

Opal Obsessions

October 10, 2017
by Alexis Adams
I’m always jealous of October babies, because I think they’ve got the best birthstone. I’ve long loved opals for their confetti-like party of colors, their way of shifting and changing with the light, and their overall ethereal beauty. Dainty, delicate little opal studs by Scosha and WWake are some of my personal favorites for upper lobe piercings. Please join us in the Oakland shop on Saturday, October 14th for a piercing party with master piercer J. Colby Smith – link to book below! Schedule Appointment Seedling Studs by Scosha These sweet little seedlings by Aussie-native Scosha are the perfect tiny drops to light up your lobes. Mini Eye of Warrior... Read More

Spotlight: Scosha

October 2, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
We’re so pleased to host a trunk show for Scosha on Sunday October 15th from 10am-5pm at the Oakland shop! An Aussie native living in Brooklyn, Scosha Woolridge’s jewelry designs embody an intercontinental feel that reflect her life experiences. Both playful and personal, Scosha’s work is perfect for marking milestones and creating beauty in your everyday look. I chatted with Scosha here about the collection she’ll be bringing, and her design philosophy. Jessie Z: We are so pumped to have you back at ESQUELETO for a trunk show in October, can you tell us a bit about the collection you’ll be showcasing? Scosha: I’m thrilled to be back again this year! I will be presenting... Read More

Sustainable Shopping Guide

September 25, 2017
by Marisela Feldman
These days, influencers and tastemakers are taking into consideration the impact of style on the environment. The consequences of fashion can remain hidden without extra effort on behalf of shoppers, who must take time to understand the backend of production and sourcing in order to evaluate how sustainable an item is, or isn’t. There are layers and complexities to jewelry production- much like the work itself. To avoid doing the research while keeping a small footprint, buy vintage, and support local businesses. Often the mystery of an antique–not knowing who wore it, or where or how it was made–deters shoppers from choosing the old over new. Those prescribing to a more... Read More

Libra Inspiration

September 18, 2017
by Grace Wilcox
The autumnal equinox is approaching and with it Fall, which means Libra season is upon us. As a natural peacekeeper, the kind and gentle Libra is always seeking balance. To achieve balance and harmony, many Libras look inward and rely on meditation and self-care, the reverberations of which can be felt externally as well. Below you’ll find some pieces that exemplify the peaceful balance that speaks to both Libras and non-Libras alike! Sun Moon Diamond Earrings by Celine D’Aoust These celestial sun and moon statement earrings are the perfect nod to the autumnal equinox; the ultimate natural balance of daylight to night. Wall Hanging by Heather Levine Heather... Read More

Introducing Céline d’Aoust

September 11, 2017
by Alexis Adams
We are thrilled to present our newest addition to the ESQUELETO artist roster, Celine d’Aoust. Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, Céline creates gorgeous fine jewelry inspired by the natural contrast of rough and refined elements. Céline splits her time between her Brussels studio and Jaipur, India, where she hand selects all of the diamonds and precious stones that go into each of her unique pieces. This allows her a remarkable control over the materials that go into her pieces. Each piece starts with the stones, which directly inspire the final design. Céline prefers naturally included, cloudy, or imperfect diamonds – she considers these imperfections an essential element to... Read More

Summertime in the City

September 5, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Last week Lauren, Isabel and I traveled to New York City, with designer Rebecca Overmann in tow, for a jewelry industry trade show. On our first day, Isabel and I were able to totally nerd out in the New York Jewelry District while Rebecca and Lauren set up for the trade show (and Lauren discovered a hidden talent for floral arranging). The trade show, dubbed Melee and started by Lauren and Rebecca, was a great success! We picked up some stunning new things for the ESQUELETO shops from some of our favorite artists, including WWake, Satomi Kawakita and AILI. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for these gorgeous new items! It wasn’t all work and no play though: We of course ate all... Read More

Jason Montano

August 29, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Jason Montano is a fine art photographer living and working in Oakland, CA. His work is playful, yet serene, and often employs ambiguous subject matter to evoke multiple references simultaneously. We are incredibly excited to welcome him to our Oakland location for a solo exhibit opening Friday, September 1st! As a precursor to his show, I sat down with Jason to talk about his inspiration and technique. Jessie Z: CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO THE SERIES AND HOW THESE SPECIFIC PANORAMAS ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION? Jason Montano: The ten photographs selected here are from my “Nothing To See Here” project, taken during and around summer road trips through California, Utah, Arizona... Read More

Virgo Inspiration

August 21, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Back to school, back to work – Virgo season is upon us. Summer holidays are subsiding and it’s time to get organized. Precocious Virgo is all about maintaining order, and we can all channel her vibes this month to help us get shit done before the flurry of the holiday season begins to pick up speed. Virgo is the sign of the harvest goddess, so we’ve put together a bevy of earthly delights that are ripe for the picking! Virgo Signet Ring by Talon In a unique take on the traditional image, Talon gives the goddess wings! Harness your feminine power with this sterling silver stunner. Petrified Wood Earrings by Melissa Joy Manning These one of a kind drop earrings in... Read More

Solid Gold Rock N’ Roll

August 14, 2017
by Alexis Adams
This weekend 450+ bands descend upon our fair Echo Park neighborhood, filling every available venue, coffee shop, bar, and several outdoor stages with four days of sweet live tunes. This year will be the SEVENTH annual Echo Park Rising! The festival is all-ages and totally free, so pile on some of these badass accessories and hit up our ‘hood for the best party in town. Diamond Skull Studs by Anthony Lent The ultimate glam rock earrings, these diamond-encrusted skull studs pair perfectly with androgynous eyeliner and lamé pants. Anchor and Wings Bracelet by Nick Potash Some serious heavy metal for tough guys and gals. Black Diamond Razor Necklace by... Read More