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


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

Spring Cleaning

May 16, 2016
by Alexis Adams
It’s time to shed those winter layers! Spring brings lightness, brightness, renewed energy and life. Bringing in the outdoors, selecting airy, handmade pieces and fresh fabrics, and rotating your art collection will rejuvenate your home. Here are 5 pieces to welcome new trends into your space for a satisfying spring refresh. Indigo Tie Dye Pillow by Carrie Vawter Eschew the heavy, dark fabrics of winter in favor of beachy indigo, like this hand dyed and quilted pillow by Oakland-based artist Carrie Vawter.     Wall Hanging by Heather Levine We’ve long been fans of LA-based artist Heather Levine and her modern naturalist sculptures. Wall hangings have been... Read More

Black Diamond Giveaway

April 18, 2016
by Alexis Adams
  We are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite artists, Satomi Kawakita, to the Los Angeles shop for a trunk show this weekend! Satomi will be here in person with her incredible full collection of engagement rings, wedding bands, delicate earrings and necklaces, and unique stacking rings.   To celebrate Satomi’s first trunk show in Southern California, we’ve partnered with local fashion and lifestyle blogger Courtney Halverson of Pretty Little Fawn to give away a very special diamond ring by Satomi. This ring features Satomi’s signature hexagon setting in 18k yellow gold with black rhodium detail and a .1ct black diamond. Head over to @prettylittlefawn on Instagram; full... Read More

Men’s Rings

April 11, 2016
by Alexis Adams
This week it is all about the boys here at ESQUELETO! Many of our artists create jewelry with a strong masculine side, and we carry an extensive collection of men’s wedding bands to suit a variety of tastes. Profiled here are some of our go-to favs for uniquely designed men’s rings. SHAWN ROBERTS Crafted from Damascus steel, an ancient metalworking technique favored by sword and knife makers, and lined with precious metals like gold, platinum and silver, Shawn’s rings marry strength with a refined sophistication. JOHNNY NINOS Johnny’s designs are inspired by the coastal waters and tidepools near his Olivos, California studio. Organic in design and cast in luxe 18k... Read More