Spotlight: Sarah Swell

September 21, 2015
by Alexis Adams
Our Oakland location will be hosting a trunk show with Sarah Greenberg of Sarah Swell Jewelry this coming weekend! Please join us Friday the 25th from 1-6pm and Saturday the 26th from 11am-6pm, meet Sarah, and shop her full collection including some stunning new bridal designs. I had the opportunity to talk with Sarah a bit about her design and fabrication process, and the things that inspire and challenge her as a jeweler, artist and small business owner. A: How did you get your start as a jeweler, and what drew you to jewelry design over other media? S: I actually started off as a painter. While I was in art school, I was working in a jewelry store to make ends meet. They started having... Read More

1 Of A Kind: Lauren Wolf

September 15, 2015
by Kayla Ogden
Lauren Wolf’s line of jewelry always features highly coveted one of a kind diamond rings. As the precious collectables sell out, she sources more unique diamonds and crafts evolved settings. To Lauren, diamonds with inclusions are more beautiful than the manufactured-looking, completely transparent ones. The one of a kind rings drive the entire collection forward and, along with her iconic stock pieces, complete her line. We recently invited the super talented and creative photographer, Ramon Felix, to our Oakland courtyard to photograph Lauren’s newest work. He had his model lift her hands up to the summer sky, which captured the jewelry perfectly. Check out Ramon’s... Read More

SEPTEMBER PICKS: Femme Fatale

September 9, 2015
by Alexis Adams
As we transition into Fall, I’ve chosen deeper, darker pieces that will mix up my look sartorially for the season, but also be lasting heirlooms I’ll wear forever. Pade Vavra Shark’s Tooth Necklace I am obsessed with this rose gold and diamond-encrusted prehistoric shark’s tooth necklace from Pade Vavra. OBSESSED! This is the ultimate Cali-cool girl necklace. I’d wear it with a simple white tee and my fav vintage Levi’s. Georgian 5-Diamond Band A totally gorgeous vintage ring. I love looking at the super rare, old pieces and seeing how jewelry design has changed through the ages. This is so raw and powerful, it looks as though it could be a modern piece from Lauren Wolf... Read More

Top 10 Vintage Bridal Rings

August 31, 2015
by Alexis Adams
10. The Concentric Circles Diamond Ring This is a very cool piece from the Victorian era. The radial symmetry is set off by the irregular rose cut clustered diamonds, making for a wholly unique look that evokes both modern and vintage sensibilities. 9. Light Yellow Diamond Ring This ring has the most beautiful lemony light yellow diamond set into a striking Art Deco mixed white and yellow gold setting. A classic choice with a little twist. 8. Square Five Across Band Many women these days are looking beyond the traditional solitaire shape. This wearable and flattering 5-diamond ring will look amazing stacked with a wedding band. 7. Vintage Diamond Solitaire For a proposal with... Read More

Stacking 101

August 24, 2015
by Alexis Adams
Here at ESQUELETO, we LOVE stacking our rings. The more the merrier! In the stores we often get asked to help customers select the perfect stack, so I wanted to offer some advice for our web clients as well. Stacking is about creating a balance between textures, materials, and styles. Try to mix in a solitaire shape, like this moonstone ring, with simple textured bands in both silver and gold. Adding in a diamond vintage band is a great way to add some sparkle. The best part is that your stack is uniquely you – no other customer is going to create exactly the same combo! A stack can also evolve over time, starting with two or three rings and adding more at your own pace. Another popular... Read More

New York, New York

August 17, 2015
by Lindsay Olson & Lauren Wolf
Twice a year, we travel to New York to show new pieces from the Lauren Wolf Jewelry collection. We also get a chance to visit some of our favorite artists like Rebecca Overmann,Polly Wales, Melissa Joy Manning, and MQuan to pick up new goodies for the shop. We both used to live here – Lauren for eight years, Lindsay for three – so it’s always fun to come back and visit, especially in the summer. One of the major pluses to staying in Chelsea is walking home along the High Line, picking up pizza at Co., and dining on our roof deck overlooking this gorgeous, bustling city. The only thing missing is a selfie stick.

Thanks for Coming

August 10, 2015
by Esqueleto Team
From left to right: Jimmy, Lauren Wolf, Lindsay, Alexis, Sonia, Danica We had such a great time on Saturday evening as we celebrated the launch of Esqueleto L.A. with some of our favorite clients and friends. To all those who came out and made the night special, thanks so much! If you couldn’t make it to the party, make sure to stop by the Echo Park location & say hello!

Heather Levine’s Studio

August 3, 2015
by Alexis Adams
I always love visiting Heather Levine’s magical, light-filled studio, her whimsical clay creations filling rack after rack with ceramic goodness. Heather’s work is full of dichotomies: equal parts mid-century craft and modern design sensibility, natural forms and geometric precision, delicate balance and chunky ceramic heft. All in all, her work maintains a thoroughly “Californian” vibe across all formats. We’ve carried her bold wall hangings for years, but on this visit I left with an entire little forest of quirky conical luminaries. The new style fits right in with the aesthetic of our Los Angeles store.

Momento Mori

July 27, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
At Esqueleto we’re continually fascinated by the strange and beautiful tradition of memento mori. Literally translated to “reminder of death,” this type of jewelry was crafted to remind the wearer of human impermanence or to commemorate a loved one who had passed on. The style has ancient roots in cultures around the globe, but garnered a special level of mainstream popularity in Georgian-era Europe (1714-1830), with pieces featuring skulls, skeletons, and even real locks of human hair (?!!). While some of the heavier symbolism may have dissipated in modern times (think: effective medicine, older life expectancies, safer travel), the imagery remains influential in... Read More

LA Grand Opening Party

July 20, 2015
by Alexis Adams
We are so excited to open our second location in sunny Los Angeles! When we thought about expanding Esqueleto, LA immediately came to mind. After exploring several areas, we knew the Echo Park neighborhood was the only one for us. We fell in love with a simple, high-ceilinged, light-filled, white brick building and decided to dive in. The new store carries many of the same artists as the Oakland shop, but we wanted to curate with a more modern, graphic eye here and add some only-in-LA lines as well. We are thrilled to add Kaylin Hertel, Jovana Djuric, Peter St. Lawrence, Meagan Donegan and Rachel Steiner to the LA lineup. A grand opening party will be held on Saturday August 8th, 2015 from... Read More