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

On View: Common Treasures

April 10, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
  With all the work now hung, here’s a quick look at the stunning pieces that the team of artists at Creative Growth created for our show, “Common Treasures.” With an eye for composition and sturdy construction, Lauren Wolf (jewelry designer and owner of ESQUELETO) brought these necklace-like assemblages together using the incredible elements that each artist created during our two-month workshop series. The result? Wall hangings that seem to sing and dance, intermingling hard and soft materials in wabi-sabi perfection.   Left: The largest piece in the show hangs at approximately 4.5′ long by 2.5′ wide, and features hand-sculpted and painted ceramic beads and... Read More

Common Treasures

March 14, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
Lauren first approached me with the idea for our Spring Show, “Common Treasures,” in the fall, but the idea has been occupying her mind for some time. “I’ve wanted to put on this show ever since I started volunteering with Creative Growth, when I first moved to Oakland,” she explained. Occupying a large, light-filled former warehouse in downtown Oakland, Creative Growth has been offering studio space, instruction, and gallery representation to artists with physical and mental disabilities since the 1970’s. Now with a satellite gallery in Paris, the center has become an institution within the outsider art world. Its artists are represented at galleries, art... 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