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

Jen Garrido in Oakland

March 14, 2016
JEN GARRIDO // new watercolors // April 1st – June 1st // Works on view at Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA //

Top Ten Engagement Rings

March 8, 2016
by Alexis Adams
As we approach the Spring bridal season this year, the ESQUELETO staff began debating about our favorite engagement rings. While it was extremely difficult to narrow it down, here are our top ten picks for truly show-stopping rings. Entity Solitaire Ring $2,500 This sweet and petite solitaire by ManiaMania features a .27ct rose cut cognac diamond set in a pavé diamond band, evoking the ladylike designs of Edwardian era jewelry. Rose Gold Peak Solitaire $8,550 A timeless and feminine setting with a modern twist, artist Nick Engel takes antique diamonds and sets them in a delicate raised setting, showing off their ageless beauty. Diamond Claw Ring $3,200 This... Read More

Signet Rings

February 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
We’ve been going mad for signet rings here at ESQUELETO, both vintage and new. A signet ring has a flat surface, usually wider than the rest of the band, which is engraved with a design. Historically, they would have served as a unique intaglio stamp for sealing wax on a document or letter, functioning as the wearer’s signature (from the Latin “signum,” meaning sign). These rings have been worn dating all the way back to ancient Egyptian times. Today signet rings are rarely used as an actual signature, but they still retain an air of authority and power to the wearer. Here are some of our favorite vintage signet rings, and some fierce modern takes on the style. Coat of... Read More

In the Gallery

February 23, 2016
New York native Heather Levine’s ceramic hangings are donning the walls of the the LA Gallery right now. Levine now lives and works out of Los Angeles, where she creates her stunning, hand-crafted ceramic wall hangings, lamps, and objects. Heather is influenced by Scandinavian design, the California landscape and textile design of the 1960s.. Works on view at ESQUELETO LA until Mach 30th, 2016 New work from Oakland artist Peggy Crovotto currently hangs in the ESQUELETO Oakland Gallery at 482 A 49TH St. Describing the work in this exhibit, Peggy said, “It started as an anxious mark on a page and that mark grew and changed, some material experimentation occurred, so the... Read More

Danica & Robin

February 16, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
Danica, aka The Modernist, has been the store manager at our Oakland shop for a year and half. She has that effortless, innate sense of style that every woman covets. So when she and her dreamy French fiancee got married last year, we wanted to know more about their wedding, and of course, their impeccable taste in jewelry. Lindsay: Danica, when you started working at Esqueleto, you and Robin had moved here from Canada, and were already engaged. Tell us how you picked the perfect matching band for your ring.   D: My engagement ring is pretty simple, so there were a bunch of bands that paired nicely with it. Ultimately I went with Sarah Swell’s notched band because the simplicity... Read More

The Prism Ring

February 15, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Introducing Lauren Wolf Jewelry’s latest design, the Prism Ring. Crisply angled white diamonds reflect a harmonious spectrum of shimmering light. This radiant design features three kite cut diamonds set in 18k gold. A petite version in rose gold with .68ct of diamonds offers a delicately balanced take on the design, while a 2.09ct yellow gold version is a truly stunning gem.

Tucson Rocks 2016

February 8, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Every year the ESQUELETO ladies make the pilgrimage to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, the world’s largest gathering of vendors dealing fine gems, minerals and fossils. It’s an opportunity for Lauren to buy amazing, one-of-a-kind diamonds and gems for her jewelry line, and also for us to buy the unique stones, petrified wood, agate slices, fossils and vintage rugs we carry in the shops. It can be overwhelming to walk the miles and miles of vendors spread out all over the city, but we always have the BEST time. The desert landscape is stunning; we love the downtown area especially Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market; we adore the historic glamour of the Arizona Inn. And just... Read More

Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 1, 2016
by Sonia
February marks one of our favorite occasions for jewelry: Valentine’s Day! With the year’s most romantic holiday just two weeks away, we’ve selected some of our most exquisite, covetable pieces in warm rose gold and classic yellow gold. They make perfect gifts for your special someone — or for yourself! Old World Ring 14K rose gold with 1.03ct dark gray, horizontal marquise diamond in a bezel setting. Twisted band. Flying Diamond Necklace A 14k yellow gold wingspan necklace featuring a 4.5mm gray, rose-cut diamond. Gold Yellow Sapphire Earrings Yellow sapphires in 14k yellow gold bezel wraps with gold chain. Rose Gold Diamond Peak Ring 18K rose gold peak stacking ring... Read More