SPOTLIGHT: Kimberlin Brown

June 27, 2017
by Kayla Ogden
Today I’m so thrilled to add the work of Kimberlin Brown to the collection of beautiful jewelry we select to showcase online to our international audience. Kimberlin’s work is fun and playful in a way that isn’t often seen in fine jewelry. The way that she juxtaposes different stones to create unexpected colorways is so exciting to us. Here’s an interview I did with her recently to help you get to know her: Kayla: Hi Kimberlin! Welcome to the ESQUELETO family. We’re so excited to showcase a collection of your work. For those who don’t know much about you as a designer yet, can you talk a little bit about how you got into jewelry design and... Read More

MQuan’s California Dreaming

June 20, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Celebrated Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Michele Quan has created over 30 wall plaque ‘portals’ inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and the imagery of the dream of California in her mind. Created specifically for installation in the setting of ESQUELETO los angeles, Michele has approached the beauty and mythology of the Golden Coast as filtered through the eyes of a New Yorker. Drawing from her extensive library of symbols that she has curated over the course of her career, Michele has crafted a language of images that combine to describe the ocean, mountains and energy of Los Angeles in visual form. I was able to chat with Michele while she was installing these gorgeous... Read More

Staff Picks: The Stargazer

June 12, 2017
by Mari Feldman
This month is all about duality. June plays host to the winter and summer solstices, revealing two faces depending on our position to the equator. To honor this theme, I’ve chosen pieces with conceptual contrasts, and elements of balanced opposition. Inlay Skull Studs by Anthony Lent Skull studs made with 18k yellow gold inlaid into oxidized sterling silver. Coat of Arms Ring Vintage Signet ring from the early 1900’s. 18K yellow gold shank with platinumn seal: coat of arms. . Diamond Shark Tooth Necklace by Pade Vavra One of a kind. 50 million year-old Mako shark tooth pendant with .54 carats of diamonds set on a 14K yellow gold... Read More

Kreh Mellick in Oakland

June 5, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
Kreh Mellick’s new gouache and cut paper works unfold (literally and figuratively) like entrancing fables on the wall. Using imagery and pattern work that draws from ancient through contemporary folk art traditions, these pieces seem both timeless and very much grounded in the present. The fantastical subjects of these paintings a( tower of happy animals or a winged female head,) take on a mythology of their own. None of them reference a known story, but all seem familiar- empowering the viewer to craft their own tale. Her use of the inky gouache is nuanced and varied, creating a range of tonalities that make her work feel incredibly colorful and dynamic, even in grayscale. Most of... Read More

Gemini Inspiration

May 29, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Ah, Gemini – arguably the most dynamic of all the signs. I mean, you do get two personalities in one! Social, curious, intelligent….and also serious, pensive, restless. As a Gemini myself I know firsthand the adaptability and nomadic nature of the twinned sign. To celebrate the new moon in Gemini, I’ve gathered some of my fav items in the shop – light and dark, whimsical and serious, there’s something in here to please both sides of the ever-changing Gemini personality. Also, don’t miss our special event with designer Emily Hirsch of Talon and zodiac + tarot expert Marty Windahl in the Los Angeles store! Ojai native Emily is known for her intricately carved zodiac-themed signet... Read More

Vintage Trunk Show

May 23, 2017
by Alexis Adams
This coming weekend we welcome Marilyn Weiss of Marilyn & Co. Antiques to our Oakland shop for a trunk show, and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s nothing quite like the exquisite craftsmanship found in these antique jewels – they really don’t make ‘em like they used to! We love fantasizing about the incredible histories that may lay behind each of these pieces; whose fingers may have worn them, which forgotten artist’s hands created them. Here are a few of my favorite pieces currently in our shops, each a miniature masterwork that exemplifies the artistry and design hallmarks their era. Read through for a quick primer on antique jewelry styles, and join us on Saturday... Read More

Design Inspiration: Samira

May 15, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
With years spent in Equatorial Guinea, Montreal, and New York, Samira Gagné Ludwin is something of a polymath – her work takes her from designing the interiors of well-appointed homes and startups to metalwork, creating adornments for both the home and the body. Samira’s gorgeous taste and creative background meet in her inviting Oakland walkup, which she shares with her husband and their 10-month-old son, Leo. I got the chance to swing by Samira’s place to talk about decorating, style, and- of course- our shared love of jewelry. Danica: Designing for someone’s space is such a personal partnership. How do you help people realize their individual style? And how would you describe... Read More

MOTHER’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA

May 8, 2017
by Alexis & Danica
You might be getting that panicky feeling that we often get this time of year: “how is Mother’s Day less than a week away?!” Yes, that’s right; Mother’s Day is May 14th. The clock is ticking. Fortunately, ESQUELETO has got you covered, both in-stores and online. Your sweet momma, the mother of your children, your sister who has kids- they all deserve a little recognition this Sunday. Give them a call, make them breakfast, and don’t skimp on a gift! Pro tip: no one hates jewelry and flowers. Now through May 15th, when you spend $250+ online or in the stores, we’ll send you a code for a free bouquet from BloomThat. Check out our Mother’s Day gift guide for perfect... Read More

ESQUELETO x HonestlyWTF

May 3, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Honestly WTF in our L.A. location for a fun photo shoot. Photographer Marisa Vitale captured some really beautiful shots of our space! We had a great time modeling jewels and chatting about our shop. You can check out some of the images below and read all about their visit on the Honestly WTF blog here.

New Work: Luke Forsyth

April 24, 2017
by Alexis Adams
  I am very excited about the current gallery installation we have up in the Los Angeles shop. California native and L.A.-based painter Luke Forsyth has created a series of acrylic-on-panel works inspired by our state’s iconic Interstate-5, affectionately known to Californians as simply “The 5.” Somewhere along the 5 features works based on moments strewn along the 5 freeway in California. The imagery in each painting signify the quotidian: a tag from a coat purchased at a thrift store; an embroidery from the artist’s mother’s kitchen; a rendering of a place both hated and comfortable, and ultimately from where the artist collects his visions. I chatted with Luke a bit... Read More