Glittery History: Gemstone Symbolism & Mythology

January 7, 2019
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Can you believe it’s already 2019? Time flies… but jewelry is immortal. The rare alchemy of nature forges glittering gemstones that have captured the human imagination for thousands of years. Let’s take a look back among the ages at some of the most prized and honored gemstones and what they symbolized for our ancestors. MOONSTONE Since it’s a feldspar, moonstone is a fairly soft stone – which may be why it’s referred to as the stone of tenderness and is thought of as a heart-opening aid. Ancient India’s astrologers believed that wearing this stone was a way to gain the favor and friendship of the moon! RAINBOW MOONSTONE RING By Lauren Wolf Wax-on moon goddesses,... Read More

OUR GLITZIEST PARTY PICKS FOR NYE!

December 31, 2018
by Alexis Adams
As you pull together your best party duds and prepare for an evening of fabulous fêtes, don’t forget the most important part of your ensemble: the sparkle! Here are ten of our ritziest, glitziest party-ready picks for New Year’s Eve. DIAMOND SPHERE EARRINGS By Todd Pownell Drop it like it’s hot while watching the ball drop in these diamond-studded disco ball earrings by Todd Pownell. SILVER COLLAR WITH LOCKET Vintage A statement vintage necklace in brightly shining silver and a party-dress-ready choker length. ETRUSCAN TASSEL EARRINGS Vintage Shimmy shimmy shake! Let the fabulous fringe of these antique gold earrings go wild as you shake it on the dance... Read More

My Jewelry Box: Laurel Stearns

December 11, 2018
by Alexis Adams
Welcome to another installment of our blog feature, My Jewelry Box, where we chat with some of our favorite (and most stylish!) customers about their personal collections, their relationship to their jewelry, and their thoughts on adornment and the act of collecting. Laurel Stearns, a Los Angeles-based longtime music industry vet and purveyor of antique jewelry, graciously hosted me in her incredible mountainside home and gave me a glimpse of her personal collection over homemade chai. Laurel has been working in the music industry since she was a teenager and now runs her own artist management company. A lifelong obsession with antique jewelry became more than just a hobby a few years ago... Read More

Hanukkah Gifts

November 27, 2018
by Jessie Zechnowitz
It’s almost time to light the menorah, and we’ve put together eight of our favorite pieces, one for each night of Hanukkah. Although gift-giving isn’t the focus of the holiday, it’s definitely become a mainstay in contemporary American Judaism, and hey, who doesn’t love gifts?! Also, diamonds are a great way to celebrate the festival of lights… Check out our Gift Guides to shop for more gift-worthy treasures, you can browse by Style or Price. GIFT GUIDES FLAME DIAMOND RING by Scosha The ultimate way to keep it lit, Scosha’s flame ring features a blaze shaped white diamond, kindled by a cluster of round, white diamonds. SACRED DIAMOND by... Read More

LOOKBOOK SNEAK PEEK

November 13, 2018
by Jessie Zechnowitz
As we head into the holiday season and the lack of light that comes with it, ESQUELETO prepares to drop our latest lookbook in all its dusky glory. For this moody look, our models included the serpentine variety… snakes coiled their reptilian curves around our gleaming gems for an edgy feel with plenty of bite! We had a great time working with our friends at the East Bay Vivarium, who supplied the talent, and obviously had mad snake handling skills. We were also stoked to collaborate with our go-to lookbook photographer, Ramon Felix, as well as our very own LA manager, Alexis Adams and her magnificent mitts. Keep an eye out for the complete spread, launching online and in print in... Read More

Autumn Style

November 5, 2018
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Fall is finally here, and we’re super ready to snuggle up, hunker down, and prepare for the holiday glow! We’ve put together some of our favorite styles for the season – pieces that reflect the golden light, capture autumnal tones, revel in dusky darkness, and shimmer like so many stars in the night sky. Sip some cider and shop warming Autumn treasures! VINTAGE TOPAZ RING Vintage An incredible old European cut topaz glows with a pumpkin-colored brilliance. Sixteen white diamonds spice up what is already a remarkable vintage piece. Perfect for cocktailing. BLACK + GOLD TRIO DROP EARRINGS By Melissa Joy Manning Keeping the topaz theme going, Melissa Joy... Read More

Phenomenal Females Trunk Shows

October 29, 2018
by Alexis AdamsP
We are so thrilled to bring the collections of two of our favorite designers to the Oakland shop for trunk shows over the coming two weeks. First up, we have the newest addition to the Oakland shop, Amali Jewelry, popping in for a trunk show this Sunday, November 4th from 11am-5pm! Designer Sara Freedenfeld incorporates intricate goldwork details with colorful, finely set stones – melding the magic of mother nature with a luxury finish. Whether it’s a delicate woven chain necklace with diamond and opal accents, perfect for layering up, or super-statement white topaz earrings, begging to be worn for a night on the town, you’re sure to find a piece to treasure forever within Sara’s... Read More

Double Trouble Trunk Shows

October 16, 2018
by Alexis Adams
This weekend we have TWO amazing trunk shows scheduled in both of our locations. The inimitable Polly Wales will be joining us in our Los Angeles shop Saturday + Sunday, and we’ll have the incredible TAP by Todd Pownell collection in our Oakland shop on Saturday. All of the jewelry in the TAP collection is handmade by a team of talented craftspeople creating out of a live/work studio in Ohio. The collection is a celebration of the universal order of the natural world – manifested in metal and stone. Polly Wales has grown a cult following for her signature technique, an unusual process that casts gemstones directly into molten gold to create lush organic forms. Unlike more traditional... Read More

Antique Acquisitions

October 8, 2018
by ESQUELETO
We love the feeling of wearing pieces from the past – antique jewelry feels so rich with an aura of timeless style. Some of these precious beauties have been in families for centuries, and we can see why they’ve lasted through the ages. Our Vintage section is always resplendent with treasures, below find ten of our favorite pieces of wearable history currently in the webshop! VINTAGE CAMEO RING Cameos are all the rage right now… and this stunning ring is a shining example of the style. The figure in the cameo wears a lion pelt headdress, which is often associated with depictions of Alexander the Great. SILVER COLLAR WITH LOCKET A statement piece for the ages! A... Read More

SPOOKY SELECTS

October 1, 2018
by Alexis Adams
Today October is upon us! This might just be our favorite month around the ESQUELETO shops, with its embrace of all things witchy and weird, bones and skulls (ESQUELETO does mean “skeleton” after all), deep autumnal tones, and a return to wild winds and darker eves after a summer of California sun. Read on below for ten of our favorite spooky seasonal selections for an awesome October! GOLD DOUBLE SNAKE RING Katrina LaPenne is the snake queen, and this super luxe version of her two-headed serpent ring in solid 14k gold is bold talisman of knowledge and transformation. MEMENTO MORI RING An incredibly detailed reminder that death is coming for us all (literally,... Read More