New Work: Luke Forsyth

April 24, 2017
by Alexis Adams
  I am very excited about the current gallery installation we have up in the Los Angeles shop. California native and L.A.-based painter Luke Forsyth has created a series of acrylic-on-panel works inspired by our state’s iconic Interstate-5, affectionately known to Californians as simply “The 5.” Somewhere along the 5 features works based on moments strewn along the 5 freeway in California. The imagery in each painting signify the quotidian: a tag from a coat purchased at a thrift store; an embroidery from the artist’s mother’s kitchen; a rendering of a place both hated and comfortable, and ultimately from where the artist collects his visions. I chatted with Luke a bit... Read More

Valentines Gifts

February 7, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Valentine’s Day is just one week away! Make sure to order your special someone something special to arrive in time for a sweet surprise. TINY HEART & KEY NECKLACE by Luana Coonen A perennial favorite here at ESQUELETO, this itty bitty anatomical heart and golden key are symbolically sweet without being overly saccharine. Hexagon Ruby Ring by Satomi Kawakita Evocative of passion and romance, rubies make an excellent choice to honor St. Valentine. This classic hexagon ring from Satomi Kawakita will be treasured for a lifetime. Gold Flying Heart Studs by Anthony Lent Jewelry When your love walks into the room, does your heart go all aflutter? These dreamy... Read More

Staff Picks: The Metalsmith

November 7, 2016
by Isabel Dennis
Every ear needs an everyday earring. We have plenty of pretty gold basics – and some more adventurous options, too. Mixed Metal Starburst Studs I could put these in my ears and never, ever take them off. I love the simple geometry and the neutral-but-interesting mix of 18k gold and silver. The earring equivalent of a perfectly worn-in pair of designer jeans. Gold & Turquoise Radiant Eye Studs MQuan uses age-old symbology in her work – moons, eyes, constellations. She describes her eye designs as “about looking deeply even if it is not convenient. Made of converging lines radiating inward and out [they represent] our self and our collective universal... Read More

Stone Setting Basics

July 11, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
Lauren, Isabel (Esqueleto’s amazingly talented in-house jeweler), and I are traveling North up the California coast to take an intensive stone setting workshop at the Mendocino Arts Center. No doubt we will return with a plethora of new skills and inspiration for our designs. Below are some examples of different styles of settings, all of which you can find in the cases and online at Esqueleto! Pavé Most commonly seen in wedding bands, the pavé style of setting is achieved by closely aligning small diamonds together and securing them with tiny metal beads or prongs. The term comes from the French verb “to pave,” and well, who wouldn’t want their jewelry paved with... Read More

Oakland Gems

May 30, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
Lindsay Olson, aka The Urbanist, was born and raised in Oakland, CA, where Esqueleto’s flagship opened in 2011. Though she’s lived all over the place, from rural Ohio to Brooklyn to Buenos Aires, Oakland always managed to draw her back. Here are five of her favorite local spots. Lake Merritt Fun fact: Lake Merritt, technically a tidal lagoon, is the United States’ first official wildlife refuge. It’s not uncommon to see mallards and pelicans diving for fish as you jog past the Oakland Civic Auditorium (now the Kaiser Convention Center) and you might have to fend off a Canada goose or two on your way to the Lakeview branch of the public library. The “necklace of lights”... Read More

Sneak Peak: Spring Lookbook

March 28, 2016
by Alexis Adams
We just shot our spring look book with photographer Ramon Felix and are thrilled to share a sneak peek of the gorgeous images. Taken in our Oakland studio and featuring a mix of romantic vintage rings and new styles from our favorite jewelry artists. Our spring look book reflects this tussle between the timeworn and reborn; the flowering of fresh buds bringing a renewed perspective filled with exuberant color and life-affirming light.

Stocking Stuffers

December 15, 2015
by Alexis Adams
In a bind and wondering how you’ll ever be able to cross everyone off your list? Here are my picks for all those last-minute gifts and fun stocking stuffers for the whole fam. Don’t stress – next day shipping is available! Silver Razor Necklace by T.Kahres $80 Delicate and feminine, this is the perfect little necklace she’ll wear everyday. Edwardian Eye Stud by Scosha $470 Super luxe and super unexpected, these stunning ruby and gold studs are festive in all the right ways. Rattler Print by Patrick Dunaway $60 Give art! This detailed black and white drawing by Patrick Dunaway looks great on everyone’s wall. White Freshwater Pearl Studs by Lauren Wolf $100 Your mom will... Read More

Vintage at ESQUELETO

November 2, 2015
by Alexis Adams
Here at ESQUELETO one of our deepest passions is for antique jewelry. The unmatched artistry, the history behind each piece, the idea of wearing something that has been worn and treasured by countless others – it’s intoxicating. That’s why we are thrilled to welcome Laurel Stearns of Pass It On LTD to our L.A. shop for a trunk show of her rare gems from the Victorian and Georgian eras. Join us on Saturday, November 14th from 11am to 6pm in our Los Angeles location to meet Laurel and shop her fabulous vintage jewels. Cocktails, light refreshments and some throwback tunes will be provided. Hope to see you there! Edwardian Flower Ring We love the simple perfection of this... Read More

TENTHOUSANDTHINGS

September 28, 2015
by Kayla Ogden
We at ESQUELETO are beyond excited to carry the gorgeous designs of David Rees and Ron Anderson of TENTHOUSANDTHINGS. Though clearly modern in style, their work is made with the goal of being passed down from generation to generation, with the integrity and aesthetic staying power of antique heirlooms. Possessing a piece from TENTHOUSANDTHINGS means so much more than wearing something that’s on-trend, it means you own something that can be valued for hundreds of years. Edwardian Tapered Chain Necklace This beautiful, 22″ long necklace has a luxurious weight to it. There’s a great balance here between the industrial oxidized silver links and the distinctly feminine and... Read More

THE PACKING LIST

May 25, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
(Photographed above, from top-left: Earth Tu Face Blue Chamomile + Carrot Seed Face Serum, Earth Tu Face Palma Rosa + Aloe Face Wash (Travel Size), Shawn Burke Black Minuscule Pouch, Lauren Wolf Stingray Goddess Necklace, Ali Golden Black Silk Side-Gathered Dress, Melissa Joy Manning Keshi Pearl Studs, Shawn Burke Leather Jewelry Roll, R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray) I’ve been engaged to my favorite person for over a year and a half, so it’s little crazy to realize that I will now be getting married in less than a week (?!?!?!!!!!). We’re getting ourselves over to France (my fiancé’s motherland) with just a few days to spare before we do this thing, so I’m trying to force myself to... Read More