Summertime in the City

September 5, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Last week Lauren, Isabel and I traveled to New York City, with designer Rebecca Overmann in tow, for a jewelry industry trade show. On our first day, Isabel and I were able to totally nerd out in the New York Jewelry District while Rebecca and Lauren set up for the trade show (and Lauren discovered a hidden talent for floral arranging). The trade show, dubbed Melee and started by Lauren and Rebecca, was a great success! We picked up some stunning new things for the ESQUELETO shops from some of our favorite artists, including WWake, Satomi Kawakita and AILI. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for these gorgeous new items! It wasn’t all work and no play though: We of course ate all... Read More

Jason Montano // Nothing to See Here

August 29, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Jason Montano is a fine art photographer living and working in Oakland, CA. His work is playful, yet serene, and often employs ambiguous subject matter to evoke multiple references simultaneously. We are incredibly excited to welcome him to our Oakland location for a solo exhibit opening Friday, September 1st! As a precursor to his show, I sat down with Jason to talk about his inspiration and technique. Jessie Z: CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO THE SERIES AND HOW THESE SPECIFIC PANORAMAS ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION? Jason Montano: The ten photographs selected here are from my “Nothing To See Here” project, taken during and around summer road trips through California, Utah, Arizona... 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

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

SPOTLIGHT: Kimberlin Brown

June 27, 2017
by Kayla Ogden
Today I’m so thrilled to add the work of Kimberlin Brown to the collection of beautiful jewelry we select to showcase online to our international audience. Kimberlin’s work is fun and playful in a way that isn’t often seen in fine jewelry. The way that she juxtaposes different stones to create unexpected colorways is so exciting to us. Here’s an interview I did with her recently to help you get to know her: Kayla: Hi Kimberlin! Welcome to the ESQUELETO family. We’re so excited to showcase a collection of your work. For those who don’t know much about you as a designer yet, can you talk a little bit about how you got into jewelry design and... Read More

MQuan’s California Dreaming

June 20, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Celebrated Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Michele Quan has created over 30 wall plaque ‘portals’ inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and the imagery of the dream of California in her mind. Created specifically for installation in the setting of ESQUELETO los angeles, Michele has approached the beauty and mythology of the Golden Coast as filtered through the eyes of a New Yorker. Drawing from her extensive library of symbols that she has curated over the course of her career, Michele has crafted a language of images that combine to describe the ocean, mountains and energy of Los Angeles in visual form. I was able to chat with Michele while she was installing these gorgeous... 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

MOTHER’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA

May 8, 2017
by Alexis & Danica
You might be getting that panicky feeling that we often get this time of year: “how is Mother’s Day less than a week away?!” Yes, that’s right; Mother’s Day is May 14th. The clock is ticking. Fortunately, ESQUELETO has got you covered, both in-stores and online. Your sweet momma, the mother of your children, your sister who has kids- they all deserve a little recognition this Sunday. Give them a call, make them breakfast, and don’t skimp on a gift! Pro tip: no one hates jewelry and flowers. Now through May 15th, when you spend $250+ online or in the stores, we’ll send you a code for a free bouquet from BloomThat. Check out our Mother’s Day gift guide for perfect... Read More

ESQUELETO x HonestlyWTF

May 3, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Honestly WTF in our L.A. location for a fun photo shoot. Photographer Marisa Vitale captured some really beautiful shots of our space! We had a great time modeling jewels and chatting about our shop. You can check out some of the images below and read all about their visit on the Honestly WTF blog here.

Satomi Kawakita in LA!

April 17, 2017
by Alexis Adams
  This coming weekend we welcome Satomi Kawakita to our Los Angeles shop for her annual trunk show. We are so thrilled to have Satomi here along with her full line of beautiful engagement rings, stackable bands, men’s and women’s wedding bands, and delicate earrings. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the artist in person and get her assistance in creating your dream ring stack. Since she’ll be bringing every variation of her rings in each metal, it’s also a great time to shop for wedding bands, getting to see all the options at once and compare styles. Don’t miss this rare West Coast appearance by Satomi!   Saturday and Sunday April 22 + 23 11am to 6pm each day ... Read More