Aries Inspiration

April 3, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Spring is officially here, and we’re feeling all things Aries right now! The first sign of the Zodiac, Aries is often equated symbolically with the season, representing all the vitality, new growth, and sexy stamina of a welcome springtime after a long winter. Aries is a Fire sign, ruled by Mars, and as such is full of energy, passion, courage and a zest for life. Here are some of our fav pieces for those fierce, self-assured, adventurous Aries. Aries Signet by Talon Emily Hirsh, the talented designer behind the Talon Zodiac line, has created a beautifully detailed rendering of a ram, the strong and stubborn astrological symbol of the Aries house. Topaz & Diamond... 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

SPOTLIGHT: T.Kahres

March 20, 2017
by Kayla Andrews
This week we’re featuring one of ESQUELETO’s favorite friends in this blog: Teresa of T.Kahres Jewelry! Teresa has been tight with ESQUELETO founder Lauren Wolf since before ESQUELETO was even an idea. The two jewelers started out together in New York City sharing tools, skills, and ideas that would help build the foundation of both T.Kahres Jewelry and Lauren Wolf Jewelry. Here’s a little more about Teresa’s journey as a designer and business woman: Kayla: Hi Teresa! When I met you in person, I immediately noticed your lovely personal style. I believe you were wearing an amazing pair of clogs and a velvet blazer. Can you tell us about your taste in fashion? What do... Read More

Material Girl + The Bohème

March 6, 2017
by Madeline & Julia
Hi! We’re Madeline and Julia, the newest additions to the Los Angeles ESQUELETO team. We have a lot in common: we both have adorable Chihuahuas that we are obsessed with, we love the cinema, and love exploring the myriad culinary offerings of East L.A. But we are also different in a lot of ways, which is why we enjoy working with each other. After all, opposites attract! Maddie is really into 90s fashion, with a minimal and clean-lined aesthetic, while Jules has a very bohemian “more is more” attitude. Here are some of our first staff picks for the month of March, and why we selected them over all the many beautiful things in the shop. Madeline: Invisible Moon Face Studs by... Read More

New Arrivals

February 27, 2017
by Alexis Adams
So many amazing new items have been hitting the shops for the spring season! It’s hard to highlight only a few, but here are five of my favs. Postcard Charm Necklace by AILI I am obsessed with the new pieces being crafted by Monica of AILI right now – dainty and minimal enough for daily wear, but with a whimsical, playful attitude – like this darling beach scene postcard necklace. Dutch Georgian Diamond Ring Vintage This antique Dutch ring, dating back to 1820, is one of the most stunning and unique vintage finds to ever come through our shop. It features a pairing of rose cut round and pear-shaped diamonds, ringed by a melee diamond border, all set in a beautifully... 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

Staff Picks: Throwback Queen

January 9, 2017
by Sha-Ron Walker
I’m a one resolution type of lady. For 2017, my resolution is to keep my home a serene temple of relaxation and enjoyment. To help me in this effort, I plan to keep my purchases meaningful and local. Be it a ring on my finger or a mug in my hand, glancing at an object that I own made by someone that I know is a constant reminder of the dedication and passion that one has in life to do what they love. My picks this month are from some of the many artists that inspire me to get up and do what I do everyday. True North Diamond Ring by Adeline 14k yellow gold ring with a .27ct gray diamond and carving details. Rattle Band by Rebecca Overmann 14k yellow gold... 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

Holiday Gifts Under $500

December 12, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
$400 – Starburst Brooch A great stocking stuffer that is the perfect exclamation point on the most festive of New Year’s outfits. $195 – RELIC ICOSAHEDRON John Sheppard’s minimalist geometric objects can elevate the vibe in even the tiniest of urban apartments. $120 – THE JUDGE PRINT Everyone knows someone who could use a Patrick Dunaway print. $330 – Gold Triangle Studs Every pierced ear should have a pair of everyday gold studs and these are the ultimate simple-yet-interesting design.   $400 – Silver Serpent Ring Great on its own or hugging the bottom of a stack. If you have a ring fanatic... 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