WHOOPS, IT’S MOTHER’S DAY!

May 7, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
If you’re like us (hopefully not?) you vow each year to get a gift to mom in plenty of time, only to find yourself scrambling on Friday before to get something shipped out overnight or make a last-minute brunch reservation. So instead of chiding you for your tardiness, we’re just going to offer some sisterly suggestions. Here’s a gathering of last-minute gifts to thank the superstar women in our lives. White Freshwater Pearl Studs by Lauren Wolf Jewelry A classic pearl stud with the perfect hint of edge. Pebble Double Drop Necklace by Lou Zeldis For the free-spirited mama who knows what’s what. Single Strand Pyrite Bracelet by Lauren Wolf This delicate piece is dark,... Read More

Beyond the Band

May 4, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
Ah, the classic wedding day ensemble: a blushing bride in a dress that requires the help of several attendants, a veil, some pearl earrings, and two (count em’, two) meaningful rings. Perusing bridal boards on Pinterest and reading even the more unique wedding blogs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many brides rocking more than a wedding band and their engagement ring on the big day. While we love the symbolism of these two rings and can get behind a minimal wedding look, if simple and subdued has never been your thing, why play it down on your wedding day? There is possibly no better moment to share your most beloved version of yourself with your partner and favorite people. And if... Read More

Matthew Craven

April 27, 2015
by ESQUELETO
Matthew Craven’s space/time series currently occupies our desert-like gallery in Oakland, California. This series deconstructs old images from text books, and then re-assembles them back onto the book page to create a new history. Matthew Craven is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses historical images as a backdrop for his collages and drawings. Craven synthesizes historical images from lost cultures, relics, archaeological remains as well as images from the cosmos, both well known and extremely ambiguous, to create the abstract patterns and narratives in his works. By doing so he reconfigures the original historical narrative and he creates his own myths that induce a new connection to... Read More

Top Ten Engagement Rings

April 20, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
There’s so much that goes in to choosing out the perfect engagement ring- whether it’s a surprise proposal or something you decide to pick out together as a couple. “The Ring” carries some pretty incredible symbolism, so it’s only fair that it be a true reflection of you and your partner. Running the gambit from super sweet and delicate to some serious bling, here are our top rings to get your journey started: The Ritual Ring by MANIAMANIA This absolutely stunning number features a .75ct pear-shaped rose cut champagne diamond crowned by 0.24ct of 2mm round white and gray diamonds. The side diamonds connect with a beautifully constructed split band, pave set... Read More

Polly Wales

April 13, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
Anyone who has had the pleasure to put a Polly Wales ring on their finger will tell you that they have a special, gravitational power. Lost in time, Polly’s pieces seem fit for a Roman Empress or Babylonian Queen as much as a modern day bride. Polly’s background as a sculptor comes through in each hand-carved, intricately textured piece, showcasing her line’s unique cast-in-place method, where gold is melted around the diamonds and other precious stones to give an enchanting irregularity to each piece (“like geodes split open as stones break through at random points to penetrate the surface of the gold,” says Polly). Her insanely gorgeous Garbo Ring and Baguette Diamond... Read More

Small & Sweet

March 23, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
We couldn’t help but dedicate a blog post to one of our favorite trends: super delicate jewelry that proves less really can be more. As much as we love large statement pieces, it’s nice to switch them out for something clean and minimal for everyday wear (or more comfortable napping). Here’s a taste of the unique, tiny marvels we love to layer up or wear on their own at the Oakland shop. AILI’s Monica Ruzansky is the master of minimal- this gold and ruby number adds just the right amount of color, sparkle, and geometry right around the collarbone. Sarah Swell calls her tiny conical pendant a “mini mountain,” which is about the cutest thing we’ve ever heard. An... Read More

Desert Design

March 12, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
As anyone who’s visited our brick and mortar can attest, the Esqueleto ladies love a good desert-themed space. Even if tepee glamping à la Solange or a resort stay at Canyon Point Amangiri isn’t on your to-do list, bringing some of that wide-sky serenity into your home should be. Here’s a starter guide. Cacti/Succulents The lazy girl in us loves these plants for their resilience in drought-like conditions (no green thumbs to be had). We’re obsessed, and love the ambience they instantly give to simple, clean spaces. If you’re not already naming your cacti and succulents like us, head down to your local nursery and start picking some up- small succulents are... Read More