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ESQUELETO features a thoughtfully curated selection of fine jewelry, artwork, and both handcrafted and natural objects. Owner Lauren Wolf first opened the shop's doors in 2011 after relocating to Oakland from New York, where she established her namesake line, Lauren Wolf Jewelry. In 2015 ESQUELETO expanded to Echo Park, where Lauren opened her second store in the up-and-coming LA neighborhood. 2015 also marked the launch of ESQUELETO online, our comprehensive e-commerce site, making our products available to chic customers all over the world.
Lauren Wolf studied jewelry design in the mountains of Mexico. She went on to attend New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology as a student of their Jewelry Associate Degree Program. It was there that she learned the technical aspects of the process and discovered her love for casting found objects.
After eight years of producing her eponymous line in New York, Lauren relocated to the Bay Area. Today, she lives and works in Oakland, CA, where she opened her first retail location, ESQUELETO, in 2011. ESQUELETO launched a Southern California outpost in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood in 2015.
Lauren’s work can be found in over sixty boutiques nationwide and has been featured in numerous trade magazines. Most recently she has become known for her one of a kind engagement rings. Still striving to keep things raw and interesting, Lauren sources ethically-mined, rare diamonds to place in her unique settings. No two rings are alike. All of Lauren’s work is designed and produced in Oakland, CA.
Our team members are not merely salespeople: we are artists, makers, designers, jewelers and stylists. We only showcase work that we ourselves would wear, and that we think is worthy of your attention. We can help you find the perfect engagement ring or style a master stack that we truly believe in!
We love helping our customers realize their dream rings both through our in-house custom design services with Lauren Wolf Jewelry and by liaising with the artists we carry to personalize existing designs. If you can imagine it, we can help you create it.
The jewelry designers and artisans that we showcase in our shops are more than just business contacts: they are our colleagues, our neighbors, and our dear friends. When you purchase a piece made by one of our artists, you are truly purchasing a piece made with love and care, and supporting a whole network of independent artists and local suppliers.
Although we are inspired by works from all over the world, we find we don’t have to look too far to find makers, creators and artists to celebrate. We represent jewelers from Oakland to Brooklyn and everywhere in between. The unique objects that we stock come from all over the country: megalodon teeth from South Carolina riverbeds, petrified wood from the Pacific Northwest, ceramics thrown in California and NYC.
Owner Lauren Wolf’s 13+ years in the fine jewelry industry have given her a deep understanding of the entire process, from sourcing to production to retail. We have longstanding relationships with both customers and suppliers that are built on trust.
Our knowledge of quality craftsmanship and our intimate relationships with our designers give us the confidence to stand behind our products. We carry only the best designs from the most skilled jewelers.
Our gallery walls showcase emerging visual artists with a wide range of disciplines, in both the Oakland and Los Angeles locations. In selecting the work for our shows, we strive to create an environment that inspires, sparks conversation, and adds to the fresh and unique sensory experience of our shops. While the curatorial vision remains grounded in these principals, the medium is always evolving: our shows feature painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and fiber arts. Rotating every two months, our solo shows kick off on First Friday (in Oakland) and First Thursday (in Echo Park). The openings give our customers and the larger community a chance to view the work, meet the artist, and chat in a laid-back setting over wine, beer and cheese. We hope you'll stop by the Oakland or LA shops to see what beautiful artwork is currently on display!
ESQUELETO opened in Oakland nearly 6 years ago and is deeply rooted in its culture and community. When owner Lauren Wolf relocated here with her husband Patrick (a visual artist and Oakland native) she committed herself to community enrichment through authentic development. ESQUELETO’s success as a cultural incubator has paved the way for other small businesses and fostered growth for the local community. We repeated this model with our 2-year-old Los Angeles store, settling into an underdeveloped stretch of Sunset Blvd that is now thriving.
We are committed to connecting our emerging artists and artisan-based small businesses with a larger audience. Most of the jewelers we carry and fine artists we exhibit in our gallery spaces are Bay Area and Los Angeles locals. We schedule regular trunk shows giving our customers the opportunity to meet their favorite designers face to face. Participating in First Fridays and other neighborhood events keeps us rooted within our community.
Giving back to our community is important to us, and we regularly donate our products to school fundraisers and charitable organizations. We also enjoy donating our time, knowledge and resources through collaboration with organizations such as Creative Growth. The only way for us to succeed is for our community to succeed.
We are proud to support causes close to our heart including Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, Maeday Dog Rescue, Creative Growth, and our community’s schools. If you have a great cause that you would like us to know about, please e-mail Jessie here: firstname.lastname@example.org