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

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

An Evening at the Campo

August 7, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
On July 29th ESQUELETO hosted a dreamy summer supper in the Temescal Alleys’ newly constructed campo. The evening was a ladies-only event and a chance for Bay Area tastemakers and cultural voices to come together in celebration of local businesses! Tucked away at the back of the alleys, the campo is a sunny square paved with gravel and stone that we transformed into a total urban oasis. Crimson Horticultural Rarities lent their beguiling sense of style, constructing breathtaking tablescapes bedecked with locally grown summer flowers, as well as a romantic floral swag to adorn the campo fence line. Linda Fahey’s bewitching ceramic snakes slithered among bud vases of marigolds,... Read More

Design Inspiration: Samira

May 15, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
With years spent in Equatorial Guinea, Montreal, and New York, Samira Gagné Ludwin is something of a polymath – her work takes her from designing the interiors of well-appointed homes and startups to metalwork, creating adornments for both the home and the body. Samira’s gorgeous taste and creative background meet in her inviting Oakland walkup, which she shares with her husband and their 10-month-old son, Leo. I got the chance to swing by Samira’s place to talk about decorating, style, and- of course- our shared love of jewelry. Danica: Designing for someone’s space is such a personal partnership. How do you help people realize their individual style? And how would you describe... Read More

STREET STYLE: Keely

March 27, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
WEARING: Vintage dress from the general store and Sven clogs. TEMESCAL ALLEY, OAKLAND STREET STYLE AILAND KEELY BRUNS aka “KEELY” As an Esqueleto alum and longtime neighbor in Temescal Alley, we’ve long admired Keely’s dry humor, warm heart, and spot-on style. She keeps her color palette monochrome in black and white, with a generous smattering of yellow gold, diamonds and super cool tattoos from head to toe. We met up over iced tea (Keely skips the caffeine) so I could scope her enviable look. Danica: You’ve made jewelry, worked for jewelers (Love Adorned, ESQUELETO, and Marisa Mason), and are an avid collector. What sparked your interest in jewelry? Keely: (Laughs) Well, at... Read More

New Mommy Approved

February 20, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
When I was pregnant, I was constantly smiling and nodding while veteran parents told me that nothing could prepare me for the journey ahead. I would smile and nod and moms and dads told me to enjoy my sleep while I could, and enjoy my free time- I was about to have very little of either. Of course, as most parents-to-be, I assumed that somehow things would be different for me. When I thought about my upcoming mom identity, I pictured something akin to Jane Birkin- effortlessly chic (making disheveled look so good), with a baby in one arm and a market basket on the other. Of course, the reality has been far more messy, challenging, and beautiful- just as I was warned. Still, there’s... Read More

New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2017
by Alexis Adams
1. Buy Less but Better In a world filled with too much of the same old stuff, I am increasingly attracted to those well-designed, well-made, utterly unique items that I will treasure forever and wear daily. ABSOLUTE BLACK DIAMOND BAND Approximately 0.7 total carats of black diamonds channel-set in a 18k yellow gold band with black rhodium plating behind the stones. 3mm width. INVERTED DIAMOND STUDS 14k yellow gold bezel studs, each with a trio of inverted white diamonds. 18k yellow gold back earrings.   SAFETY PIN NECKLACE Oxidized and polished sterling silver cast safety pin links necklace. Sculptural toggle and ring. 23″ in length. 2.... Read More

Homey for the Holidays

December 5, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Here at ESQUELETO our first passion is obviously jewelry. But we also believe that beautiful adornment should not be limited to the body. Gifting lovely handcrafted items for the home can be especially meaningful and appreciated this time of year, as we gather with friends for dinners and parties, and cuddle up close with our loved ones. $50 – PORCELAIN CUP This elegant porcelain cup could be used for sipping afternoon tea, as a pen holder, a bud vase…the options are endless. The perfect little something for mom, dad, teacher or office mate. $975 – MOROCCAN RUG Our antique flat-woven rugs, sourced from Morocco and Turkey, make a thoughtful housewarming... Read More

Weekend List

September 6, 2016
by Alexis Adams
As summer winds down, it’s time for one more big hurrah before we get back to school, work, and sweater weather. Here are my must-pack essentials for the perfect weekend at the shore. Toss in a breezy wrap dress and silk bandana from Ali Golden and I’m ready to hit the beach! 1. An marine classic from Cat Bates, this bronze pendant on braided black cord pairs perfectly with a striped tee and bikini bottoms. 2. Bits and baubles stay organized in these metallic leather mini pouches. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! 3. I love Cat Bates’ nautical-themed jewelry. Wrap this waxed nylon braid around your wrist, secure with the sturdy sailor’s pelican clip, and never take it... Read More

Day-cation Trips and Tips

July 4, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
Summer is officially here, and that means taking advantage of longer, sunnier days. Everyone knows I’m a city girl at heart, but perhaps the loveliest virtue of my beloved hometown is all of the beauty that lies just beyond its borders. Nothing beats a spontaneous beach day or drive up the coast to kick back and soak up some Vitamin D (underneath a thick layer of SPF 60 in my case). Here are my favorite day trips outside the Bay Area, from childhood favorites to newly discovered gems. Pescadero Half Moon Bay is home to even more glorious beaches just South of San Francisco. Hit the waves early and then drive a bit further down 1 to Pescadero. You can sample the freshest, creamiest chevre... Read More