Spotlight: Ruth Tomlinson

November 6, 2017
by Alexis Adams
London-based jeweler Ruth Tomlinson is making her first West Coast appearance in our L.A. shop this coming weekend! We are thrilled to have Ruth here in person with her full collection of nature-inspired fine jewelry, including many unique bridal and engagement styles and one of a kind items. Ruth’s creativity is driven by her passion for the earth’s treasures and the magic of minutiae and tiny treasures, and this is reflected in her utterly unique, sculptural designs. I was so excited to get to chat with Ruth a bit about her process and inspirations. Alexis: How did you get started in the world of fine jewelry? What are some of the challenges and joys for you of working in... 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

Introducing Jennie Kwon

July 11, 2017
by Alexis Adams
We are thrilled to welcome our newest artist to ESQUELETO, Jennie Kwon! Jennie is a native Angeleno, and her effortlessly graceful designs are influenced by all the natural beauty and artistic culture that Southern California has to offer. We love how Jennie came by her career as a jewelry designer. After being raised from early childhood as an artist (she was an accomplished classical violinist) Jennie left her artistic roots behind to become an attorney. However, the birth of her twin daughter and son brought about that creative spark once again. Jennie was so inspired by their perfectly innocent beauty, and soon after launched her namesake jewelry line. Emerald Cut Diamond... Read More

Vintage Trunk Show

May 23, 2017
by Alexis Adams
This coming weekend we welcome Marilyn Weiss of Marilyn & Co. Antiques to our Oakland shop for a trunk show, and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s nothing quite like the exquisite craftsmanship found in these antique jewels – they really don’t make ‘em like they used to! We love fantasizing about the incredible histories that may lay behind each of these pieces; whose fingers may have worn them, which forgotten artist’s hands created them. Here are a few of my favorite pieces currently in our shops, each a miniature masterwork that exemplifies the artistry and design hallmarks their era. Read through for a quick primer on antique jewelry styles, and join us on Saturday... Read More

Megan & Zach

January 17, 2017
by Kayla Andrews
Zach worked with Lauren Wolf to create this beautiful and sentimental ring for his partner, Megan. Lauren added vibrant garnets to her iconic three stone setting to make a truly special custom engagement ring for the happy couple. Kayla: You did a custom project with Lauren Wolf for Megan’s engagement ring. What inspired you to do that? Zach: Not long after we started dating (May 2013) Megan showed me the Instagram account for Lauren Wolf Jewelry and she mentioned that she really liked the style of her work. I made a note of it along with any other ring/jewelry information that I could casually extract out of her over the next 3 years. I knew that she would want something... Read More

Spotlight Rebecca Overmann

November 21, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
When I first started working at Esqueleto five years ago (crazy!) Rebecca Overmann was the first artist I met. A longtime friend of Lauren’s, she dropped by the shop on a Saturday and though I was a bit star struck at first, I was immediately captured by her warmth and devious smile. She’s become a good friend since then, and I’ve enjoyed watching her collection grow and evolve over the years. Nothing has been more fun, however, than getting to hang with Lauren and Rebecca together. Whether it’s sharing a bottle of wine on a rooftop in New York, or visiting with our favorite stone dealers in Tucson, those two have an infectious energy and sense of humor that make you feel lucky to... Read More

ESQUELETO X THE LANE

October 24, 2016
by ESQUELETO
Our LA store manager, Alexis Adams, curated five gorgeous stacks for the LANE this week! Here’s a peak: The Wild at Heart This stack is for the gypsy, the nomadic soul who is guided by the light of the silver moon along the road less traveled. Imbued with the untamed essence of the serpent, ancient symbol of intuitive wisdom, she is fueled by an unquenchable wanderlust for far off lands and exotic experiences.The voyager’s spirit is expressed in this wild stack by pairing shimmering white gold with edgy black diamonds and animalistic sculpture. Enchanting vintage-style settings are updated for the modern warrior with claw-like prongs and cloudy diamonds. Top to bottom: 1. Lauren... Read More

Engagement for Every Budget

October 17, 2016
by Alexis Adams
$990 – HEXAGON BROWN DIAMOND RING Our most popular engagement ring! Satomi’s signature brown diamond hexagon style, in an accessible carat weight and price point. The distinctive black rhodium detailing gives this tiny ring a mighty impact.   $1,980 – SPLIT LOVE DIAMOND RING This ring is one of the most unique, original designs in the shop. Modern, architectural, and just a bit dangerous, this ring will definitely stand out from the crowd.   $2,800 – QUINTET RING A sleek and ultra-wearable ring for the bride who doesn’t want a big solitaire. Five hexagon-cut gray diamonds set in a wide polished band exude understated... Read More

Staff Stacks

October 10, 2016
by Lindsay, Alexis & Sha-Ron
THE URBANIST STACK Always drawn to interesting architectural shapes, I created a stack that’s clean, edgy and geometric, with just a whisper of raw texture. Saturn Ring: One of my favorites from my own collection, Adeline Jewelry, the Saturn ring is a playful experiment in shape and form. I love the versatility of the asymmetrical knife edge. Braid Ring: Katrina’s braid rings are simply the perfect addition to any stack. In this case, the soft texture warms and softens the stark lines of the other rings. Black Diamond Eternity Band: Make no mistake – Lauren Wolf knows how to design a badass ring. This one, with its spiky black diamonds, toughens up my finger with a... Read More

Katie & Ryan

September 19, 2016
by Kayla Andrews
I worked with Katie’s fiancé, Ryan, when he was shopping with us for her engagement ring. He really wanted to propose at a special barbecue on the weekend so we made sure that he received the ring in time. I could tell he was making a huge effort to preserve the surprise element of his proposal. When Katie e-mailed us to express her love of her new engagement ring I took the opportunity to learn a little more about the couple. Kayla: When your fiancé, Ryan, contacted us to inquire after your engagement ring, he was confident that the 3 Diamond Rose Gold Ring by Lauren Wolf would suit your style. How would you describe your style? Katie: My style is bohemian, so when I first saw... Read More