Satomi Kawakita

October 29, 2015
by Alexis Adams
PHOTO BY CHLOE AFTEL We are thrilled to once again host Satomi Kawakita in our Oakland store on November 14th and 15th for her annual trunk show. Please join us from 11am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 5PM on Sunday to meet Satomi, shop her full (very extensive) collection, and receive stacking tips from the master herself! While we carry the largest selection of Satomi Kawakita’s designs in California, we have but a fraction of her collection. It truly is amazing to view everything all together and discover the breadth of her artistry. Satomi will be unveiling several brand new designs at the trunk show, which are exquisite. From Satomi: “I’m excited to introduce our... Read More

Brian & Soraya

October 26, 2015
by Lindsay Olson
I met Brian before I had the pleasure of meeting Soraya. He came to Esqueleto, sketchbook in hand, in the hopes of commissioning a custom engagement ring using an heirloom diamond. They were both such a delight to work with that I thought I’d ask them about their experience. Lindsay: How did you two meet? Brian: We met at Socha Café in the Mission District of San Francisco. I wandered into the café to get some work done and Soraya was my barista. L: What brought you to Esqueleto for the ring? B: Years earlier, during a hike in the canyon near my childhood home in San Diego, Soraya picked some wildflowers and twisted them into two rings. We felt like we had joined together that day in... Read More

Modern Matches

October 19, 2015
by Alexis Adams
We often get asked to help couples select wedding rings that both express their individual personalities and coordinate with each other in a meaningful way. Here are some of our favorite pairings of engagement rings and wedding bands that complement one another without being too “matchy matchy.” THE BEACHY BABES This 2.19ct black diamond engagement ring by Lauren Wolf Jewelry sets the tone here, with it’s stingray skin texture and stormy stone. The matching simple stingray gold wedding band continues the seaside vibe. We’ve paired these with Lauren’s thicker, more masculine band in the same texture, but chosen an oxidized silver material to bring out the pattern and complement... Read More

Spotlight: Kaylin Hertel

October 12, 2015
by Alexis Adams
We are so excited for our trunk show on Thursday evening with L.A.-based jeweler Kaylin Hertel! Join us in the Los Angeles shop from 5 to 8pm to meet Kaylin and shop her full line (with libations of course). Kaylin’s sophisticated and architectural pieces are the perfect investment for anyone looking for timeless fine jewelry they can wear for years to come. I sat down with Kaylin to talk about her life as a jewelry designer and get a preview of the fab new pieces she’ll be premiering at the trunk show. A: How did you get started as a jeweler? Why did you choose this medium over other forms of expression? K: I took my first metalsmithing class when I was 15, and I couldn’t get enough.... Read More

Staff Picks: Throwback Queen

October 5, 2015
by Sha-Ron Walker
I’m heading into fall with my eye on the prize, focused on standout pieces that catch the eye. TENTHOUSANDTHINGS Extra Long Whisker Earrings These are as elegant as they are fierce. Their curvilinear structure creates several stylish profiles which give dimension and movement, accenting any neckline. Dress them up or dress them down, it doesn’t really matter. This stand out pair speaks for itself. Victorian Five Diamond Ring I’ll admit it, I have a sick fascination with vintage odd numbered diamond rings. When I saw this beauty, my right eye twitched…twice! From the rich yellow 18k to the recessed side detailing this ring adds glamour to hand. If mine were the... Read More