Staff Picks: Throwback Queen

January 9, 2017
by Sha-Ron Walker
I’m a one resolution type of lady. For 2017, my resolution is to keep my home a serene temple of relaxation and enjoyment. To help me in this effort, I plan to keep my purchases meaningful and local. Be it a ring on my finger or a mug in my hand, glancing at an object that I own made by someone that I know is a constant reminder of the dedication and passion that one has in life to do what they love. My picks this month are from some of the many artists that inspire me to get up and do what I do everyday. True North Diamond Ring by Adeline 14k yellow gold ring with a .27ct gray diamond and carving details. Rattle Band by Rebecca Overmann 14k yellow gold... Read More

New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2017
by Alexis Adams
1. Buy Less but Better In a world filled with too much of the same old stuff, I am increasingly attracted to those well-designed, well-made, utterly unique items that I will treasure forever and wear daily. ABSOLUTE BLACK DIAMOND BAND Approximately 0.7 total carats of black diamonds channel-set in a 18k yellow gold band with black rhodium plating behind the stones. 3mm width. INVERTED DIAMOND STUDS 14k yellow gold bezel studs, each with a trio of inverted white diamonds. 18k yellow gold back earrings.   SAFETY PIN NECKLACE Oxidized and polished sterling silver cast safety pin links necklace. Sculptural toggle and ring. 23″ in length. 2.... Read More

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2016
by ESQUELETO
…And that’s a wrap! Wishing the happiest of holidays to our lovely friends and customers. Please note our adjusted store hours for both locations this week: Oakland: 12/26: 11 am to 5 pm 12/27-12/30: 11 am to 6 pm 12/31: 11 am to 4 pm Closed New Year’s Day Los Angeles: 12/27-12/30: 11 am to 7 pm Closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Both shops will be back to regular store hours on January 2nd. A huge thank you to all of you for a wonderful year!

Last Chance

December 19, 2016
by Alexis Adams
  Hey all you last minute shoppers! ESQUELETO has got you covered. Here are some of our most-loved gifts, in stock and ready to ship out now. Enjoy free 2nd Day shipping on us through the end of the week – but make sure to place your orders in time! GET IT THERE IN TIME FREE 2nd Day Air: order by Thursday, 12/22/2016 at 3:00 p.m. PST Overnight: order by Friday, 12/23/2016 at 3:00 p.m. PST $125 – AKOYA PEARK RING A classic Lauren Wolf favorite reimagined with a silvery Akoya pearl from Japan. $330 – GOLD TRIANGLE STUDS The perfect wear-them-every-day studs!     $150 – BRASS CUFF This solid brass cuff is a minimalist’s... Read More

Holiday Gifts Under $500

December 12, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
$400 – Starburst Brooch A great stocking stuffer that is the perfect exclamation point on the most festive of New Year’s outfits. $195 – RELIC ICOSAHEDRON John Sheppard’s minimalist geometric objects can elevate the vibe in even the tiniest of urban apartments. $120 – THE JUDGE PRINT Everyone knows someone who could use a Patrick Dunaway print. $330 – Gold Triangle Studs Every pierced ear should have a pair of everyday gold studs and these are the ultimate simple-yet-interesting design.   $400 – Silver Serpent Ring Great on its own or hugging the bottom of a stack. If you have a ring fanatic... Read More

Homey for the Holidays

December 5, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Here at ESQUELETO our first passion is obviously jewelry. But we also believe that beautiful adornment should not be limited to the body. Gifting lovely handcrafted items for the home can be especially meaningful and appreciated this time of year, as we gather with friends for dinners and parties, and cuddle up close with our loved ones. $50 – PORCELAIN CUP This elegant porcelain cup could be used for sipping afternoon tea, as a pen holder, a bud vase…the options are endless. The perfect little something for mom, dad, teacher or office mate. $975 – MOROCCAN RUG Our antique flat-woven rugs, sourced from Morocco and Turkey, make a thoughtful housewarming... Read More

We Love Lou

November 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Lou Zeldis: master craftsman, visionary artist, creative genius, exceptionally kind human being. Since his passing in 2012, Lou’s work has garnered a cult following of collectors all over the globe who are drawn to his ruggedly elegant pieces, evocative of the natural landscape of his adopted home, Indonesia. Lou left a successful career in musical theater on Broadway (he was in the original cast of Hello, Dolly!) to move to Bali in the mid-1960s. There he discovered a passion for the traditional jewelry- and textile-making of local artisans. He became much-beloved as an “artist’s artist,” with a boundless creativity and prolific output in many media. His distinctively... Read More

Spotlight Rebecca Overmann

November 21, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
When I first started working at Esqueleto five years ago (crazy!) Rebecca Overmann was the first artist I met. A longtime friend of Lauren’s, she dropped by the shop on a Saturday and though I was a bit star struck at first, I was immediately captured by her warmth and devious smile. She’s become a good friend since then, and I’ve enjoyed watching her collection grow and evolve over the years. Nothing has been more fun, however, than getting to hang with Lauren and Rebecca together. Whether it’s sharing a bottle of wine on a rooftop in New York, or visiting with our favorite stone dealers in Tucson, those two have an infectious energy and sense of humor that make you feel lucky to... Read More

Jaw Dropping Holiday Gifts

November 14, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
And just like that, the holidays are upon us. As we all know, sometimes the biggest gifts come in the tiniest boxes. Below, find a curated selection of our most jaw-dropping stunners in every category: those extra special pieces you covet all year long until they ultimately grace the top of your wish lists. RINGS Polaris Teardrop Halo Ring A glowing salt and pepper teardrop nestled in Polly’s signature 18k gold droplets.   Diamond Shield Ring Rebecca Overmann’s elegantly modern take on a classic three stone ring design, with a stunning emerald cut white diamond flanked by two trillion sides, set in Rebecca’s iconic satin 18k gold. Three... Read More

Staff Picks: The Metalsmith

November 7, 2016
by Isabel Dennis
Every ear needs an everyday earring. We have plenty of pretty gold basics – and some more adventurous options, too. Mixed Metal Starburst Studs I could put these in my ears and never, ever take them off. I love the simple geometry and the neutral-but-interesting mix of 18k gold and silver. The earring equivalent of a perfectly worn-in pair of designer jeans. Gold & Turquoise Radiant Eye Studs MQuan uses age-old symbology in her work – moons, eyes, constellations. She describes her eye designs as “about looking deeply even if it is not convenient. Made of converging lines radiating inward and out [they represent] our self and our collective universal... Read More