Custom Work

June 29, 2015
by Lindsay Olson
It’s no question that Esqueleto has grown to become a destination for alternative engagement rings and fine jewelry. Lauren’s exceptional eye and distinct taste provide for a carefully curated selection of artists. What you won’t find in the store or on our website, however, are the many custom designs we’ve created for clients who wanted pieces that are truly one of a kind. Whether it’s resetting Grandma’s diamond solitaire, crafting necklaces out of our prehistoric megalodon teeth, or fabricating that perfect engagement ring from scratch, we’re pretty much always game to help you realize your innermost design dreams. Interested in developing a custom project? You can get... Read More

Here Comes the Sun

June 22, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
Yesterday marked the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice, which means summer is officially here! We can now begin the slow descent back into shorter, colder days. Just kidding! There are still many months of beach days, barbeques, and road trips up the coast to look forward to. Those glorious hours spent day drinking sun bathing on your friend’s roof require the proper adornment. So in the spirit of the season and our unabashed sun worship, here are some summer-approved favorites to make you shimmer from dawn till dusk.

Don’t Forget Dad!

June 18, 2015
by Danica Stamenic
Just tell him it’s in the mail. He’s probably used to it! Megalodon Tooth Paperweight, shelf ornament, or just object of continuous fascination. I kid you not: every dad that walks into the store picks these babies up. Cold Mountain Stone Also known as Cold Mountain Thunderegg, this rugged rock has been halved and polished to reveal warm colors and lovely crystalline veins. Cat Bates Royal Pelican Clip Bracelet Cat Bates’ nautically inspired wrap bracelets are summery and super comfy on the wrist. These would look perfect with some rolled-up shirt sleeves or the below ensemble (an actual picture of my dad, circa 1993): Danica and her father, circa 1993 Lindsay... Read More

Nick Potash

June 15, 2015
by Alexis Adams
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the unique studio of jeweler Nick Potash. Nick is a skilled jeweler, as well as a surfer, painter, sculptor, sunglasses designer and motorcycle enthusiast. His studio-cum-garage reflects this abundant cross-medium creativity. Originally from La Jolla, CA, Nick now works out of his home and garage in Los Angeles. Whether it’s working on customizing his beloved bike, or creating gorgeous one-of-kind rings for clients in silver and gold, you can always find Nick tinkering with something. He enjoys creating custom work, and is bored by the idea of mass-production. I was completely wowed by the detail and craftsmanship of Nick’s... Read More

Staff Picks: The Urbanist

June 8, 2015
by Lindsay Olson
We asked Lindsay Olson (a.k.a. The Urbanist) to give us some more insight into why these items are her favorites for June. Lindsay is the designer behind Adeline Jewelry, and works at Esqueleto as Head of Production for Lauren Wolf Jewelry. Georgian Heritage Ring The oldest ring I’ve ever gotten to hold in my hands, from the late 1700’s. I was with Lauren when she bought it for the shop and it took our breath away – we had never seen a ring like this before; the cut of that diamond and the way it has been set are unreal. I love imagining all of the different wearers throughout the last two hundred years as the ring was passed on from hand to hand, eventually landing in our... Read More


June 2, 2015
by Kayla Ogden
We couldn’t be more excited to have Afton Love’s new work showing in our Oakland gallery from Friday, June 5th – August 5th! Afton Love is an Oakland based artist working with themes involving preservation and memory. Her work is developed through a unique process involving graphite powder and wax, creating drawings and installations that articulate a landscape that is both highly specific and nearly abstract. Subtle gradations of tonality evoke both absence and presence, with the power to suggest experience rather than define it. Her drawings and installations range in scale from intimate to ambitiously expansive, imparting a sense of both power and loss in connection to... Read More