Spring Cleaning

May 16, 2016
by Alexis Adams
It’s time to shed those winter layers! Spring brings lightness, brightness, renewed energy and life. Bringing in the outdoors, selecting airy, handmade pieces and fresh fabrics, and rotating your art collection will rejuvenate your home. Here are 5 pieces to welcome new trends into your space for a satisfying spring refresh. Indigo Tie Dye Pillow by Carrie Vawter Eschew the heavy, dark fabrics of winter in favor of beachy indigo, like this hand dyed and quilted pillow by Oakland-based artist Carrie Vawter.     Wall Hanging by Heather Levine We’ve long been fans of LA-based artist Heather Levine and her modern naturalist sculptures. Wall hangings have been... Read More

Spotlight: Todd Pownell

May 9, 2016
by Kayla Ogden
Kayla: Welcome to the ESQUELETO family! We’re so proud to represent your work in our boutiques and online. Can you tell us how you came to be a jewelry designer? Todd: I worked as a junior motorcycle mechanic when I was in high school and really enjoyed working with my hands. Then in shop class I sort of had an epiphany moment when I melted metal for the first time while welding. That experience got me hooked on working with metal and I started making desk lamps and other objects mostly out of steel. One day, I decided to use some copper and once I was exposed to non-ferrous metal, I started exploring making small containers and kept reducing the scale of things. After high school, I... Read More

Mother’s Day Gifts

May 2, 2016
by Alexis Adams
  Mother’s Day is less than a week away! Here are our top 10 selections for the wonderful women in our lives. Make sure to order by Wednesday and select 2-day shipping to win that World’s Most Thoughtful Child award.   Rutilated Quartz Studs by MELISSA JOY MANNING Both natural and super luxe, these freeform 14k gold studs are something she’ll wear everyday.   Large Bead Necklace by JESSICA NIELLO For the woman who always encouraged your artistic side, each ceramic bead necklace is totally unique, just like her.   Gold Urchin Studs by T. Kahres These delicate studs are perfect for new moms – simple, chic, and completely toddler... Read More

Dirty Diamonds

April 25, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
  “It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” ― Dolly Parton   Ah, the diamond. For our last post in April, I thought I’d take a moment to ruminate one of my most favorite gems (and the birthstone for all you April birthday babies). While I can appreciate the sparkling allure of a bright, twinkling white stone, what really spikes my heart rate is the romance of a gray diamond that is naturally flawed, its inclusions elevating it into truly one of a kind territory. Even the descriptions of these stones make me swoon: salt and pepper, champagne, cognac, whiskey, smoke. Heavily speckled, cloudy, moody, and complex, these are the stones that leave me breathless, the... Read More

Black Diamond Giveaway

April 18, 2016
by Alexis Adams
  We are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite artists, Satomi Kawakita, to the Los Angeles shop for a trunk show this weekend! Satomi will be here in person with her incredible full collection of engagement rings, wedding bands, delicate earrings and necklaces, and unique stacking rings.   To celebrate Satomi’s first trunk show in Southern California, we’ve partnered with local fashion and lifestyle blogger Courtney Halverson of Pretty Little Fawn to give away a very special diamond ring by Satomi. This ring features Satomi’s signature hexagon setting in 18k yellow gold with black rhodium detail and a .1ct black diamond. Head over to @prettylittlefawn on Instagram; full... Read More

Men’s Rings

April 11, 2016
by Alexis Adams
This week it is all about the boys here at ESQUELETO! Many of our artists create jewelry with a strong masculine side, and we carry an extensive collection of men’s wedding bands to suit a variety of tastes. Profiled here are some of our go-to favs for uniquely designed men’s rings. SHAWN ROBERTS Crafted from Damascus steel, an ancient metalworking technique favored by sword and knife makers, and lined with precious metals like gold, platinum and silver, Shawn’s rings marry strength with a refined sophistication. JOHNNY NINOS Johnny’s designs are inspired by the coastal waters and tidepools near his Olivos, California studio. Organic in design and cast in luxe 18k... Read More

Jeanette & Mikey

April 6, 2016
by Kayla Ogden
Jeanette’s energy left a really good impression on our Oakland store manager, Danica, and ESQUELETO founder Lauren Wolf over the past few weeks as she chose her engagement ring. She ended up with such a beautiful piece by Rebecca Overmann which seemed to suit her perfectly. The whole experience was really sweet so I asked her to share a little bit of her story in our blog: Kayla: How did you meet Mikey, your fiancé?   Jeanette: I actually met my fiancé online – BUT we actually went to the same high school and have a ton of mutual friends. It’s pretty weird – we know – but we are both so much cooler now than we were in high school! Our first blind date was... Read More

In the Gallery

April 4, 2016
by Danica Stamenic
We host bi-monthly art shows at both our LA and Oakland shops, and it’s always exciting to see how each artist’s work can transform the space. This First Friday, we unveiled “Fresh paintings” by Jen Garrido. It’s an ode to color and light that has transported us straight into Spring. Working in watercolor on mostly large-scale paper, Jen paints in uninhibited strokes. The effect is something like a Rorschach test, where the associations are only every good. Don’t miss these breathtaking works – they’ll be on view and available to reserve through June 1st.

Sneak Peak: Spring Lookbook

March 28, 2016
by Alexis Adams
We just shot our spring look book with photographer Ramon Felix and are thrilled to share a sneak peek of the gorgeous images. Taken in our Oakland studio and featuring a mix of romantic vintage rings and new styles from our favorite jewelry artists. Our spring look book reflects this tussle between the timeworn and reborn; the flowering of fresh buds bringing a renewed perspective filled with exuberant color and life-affirming light.

Spotlight: Ramon Felix

March 22, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Please join us on March 31st in the L.A. shop for the opening reception of Ramon Felix’s solo show of new Polaroid photography, shot on his recent visit to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ramon about his new body of work and his life as a professional photographer. Ramon Felix // New Polaroid Photography opening reception March 31st, 5pm to 8pm works on view March 31st – May 31st 1298 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 ESQUELETO Alexis: Tell me about your amazing trip to Kenya – what were some of the highlights? What are the challenges of traveling and being a photographer in a foreign country, particularly one you’ve never been to... Read More