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Gem Gossip Visits ESQUELETO in Oakland, CA

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My #JewelryRoadTrip started off with a bang in 2016--I planned on visiting San Francisco and found a ton of amazing stores and designers. I couldn't wait to see what this city had in store for my jewelry adventures!

The first stop had me venturing across the Bay Bridge, although not in San Francisco--but in Oakland (just a 20 minute car ride) the side track was totally worth it. ESQUELETO is nestled in the coziest spot, their location is dreamy in every way imaginable. So much to SEE, the shop is filled with artwork, jewelry, rock and mineral specimens, neat objects, and lots of gifts, so browsing in one spot might take awhile and you STILL might miss something!  Filled with treasures, although not feeling cluttered at all, the white walls lighten up the small space along with the large windows which let in tons of sunlight. The ambiance is like a desert oasis meets jewelry boutique, and owner Lauren Wolf has been curating items for ESQUELETO since its opening in 2011. I could've looked for hours! 

Lauren is also a jewelry designer herself, where she creates beautiful jewelry using black and grey diamonds with her signature claw prongs and other designs inspired by nature. Lauren Wolf Jewelry fits right in with what is on display at ESQUELETO; each designer and artist complements one another in the best way possible. Their "Stack of the Week" is a true testament to this statement, where different rings from their inventory are stacked together and photographed, showing how different artists and even different time periods can mix and mingle together. Speaking of time periods, they've added lots of antique and vintage jewelry to their lineup and it has been really fun for them. To read more about this, check out my blog post featuring their antique and vintage jewelry.

Many of the designers featured at ESQUELETO are local, like Sarah Swell Jewelry, Jessica Winzelberg, Nick Engel, Ursa Major, all who live in San Francisco. Other artists and designers are people Lauren loves and feels that his or her work is a good fit for the store. Anthony Lent Jewelry is featured at ESQUELETO, a favorite of mine, and I learned Lauren took a class from Anthony and considers him one of the greatest.  So many favorites--check out their designer page to see the full list!

If you're looking for a store that will transport you to someplace beautiful, where you will "want everything," then you must visit ESQUELETO in Oakland! Stay tuned for more San Francisco recommendations!

Here are some of the pieces I tried on and loved while visiting:


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Onyx cameo ring, size 6.5, Price: $975

18k gold large cluster diamond ring, size 5, Price: $9,000

Victorian Almandite garnet ring, size 5, Price: $500

Victorian pearl cluster ring, size 4, Price: $750

Turquoise and pearl band ring, size 6, Price: $900


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Opal and diamond vintage ring, size 8, Price: $2,600

Rhombus Signet ring by Lauren Wolf in 14k yellow gold, Price: $1,100

The Prism ring set with three shield cut diamonds in 18k rose gold by Lauren Wolf, Price: $5,800

Fancy Teardrop cluster ring by Polly Wales, Price: $6,100

Inverted marquise diamond ring by Rebecca Overmann, Price: $4,000


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Vintage garnet fan earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $3,600

Barnacle dangle hoop earrings in 18k & 14k yellow gold by Johnny Ninos, Price: $3,185

Medium barnacle stud in 18k yellow gold and black diamonds by Johnny Ninos, Price: $375/single

Bronze Stag Beetle by Biological Jewels, Price: $125

Five square diamond antique band ring, Price: $1,600

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18k white gold grey center diamond ring by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $4,000

Four diamond antique band size 5, Price: $500

Large starburst necklace in silver by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $315

Diamond claw ring set with a 2.17 ct gray/green diamond by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $12,000

Black diamond barnacle ring by Johnny Ninos, Price: $1,415


482 A 49th St.
Oakland, CA 94609

(ESQUELETO has an LA location as well)


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Shop Vintage & Antique Jewelry at ESQUELETO



A store amongst my "I'm dying to visit" list is ESQUELETO--located in two different cities, Los Angeles and Oakland, California.  A little over four years ago, the store opened its doors in Oakland with the intention of bringing together favorite designers and fellow artisans whom owner Lauren Wolf admired, along with being a place to showcase her own work. Lauren is quite an accomplished jewelry artist herself, with a line of jewelry every rustic, modern bride is swooning over. I personally love her style and aesthetic and think it pairs immensely well with vintage and antique jewelry--perfect for stacking and mixing.

Speaking of antique jewelry, ESQUELETO's latest venture has been introducing old pieces into their stores and online with rave reviews. The shop started out small--very small, as in four pieces of antique jewelry--just to test customer reaction, and they immediately sold out!  This prompted Lauren and the staff at ESQUELETO to begin to take vintage and antique seriously and build a larger collection to offer. LA store manager Alexis Adams says, "I think the vintage pieces resonate with people because of the intrinsic history - it's fascinating to think about where a piece has been, who has worn it, who created it. Also, they are just really, really gorgeous!" We couldn't agree more here at Gem Gossip!  

ESQUELETO's vintage and antique jewelry inventory has certainly expanded, where Lauren and her staff have been sourcing new and exciting pieces from dealers, jewelry shows and even friends.  They have quite an eclectic collection, with lots of antique engagement rings as well as alternative bridal options for the ever-evolving modern bride. Alexis notes, "Vintage engagement rings have become very popular lately at our store, with many brides looking for rings that are both totally unique and timeless in design. We also have seen many clients stacking in elaborate ways--mixing styles from different eras." ESQUELETO's antique offering has expanded based on these findings, with loads of diamond Art Deco rings, sentimental Victorian amulets and rings, some lockets and a few Georgian pieces. Each item plucked from history and awaiting its new owner, with a full future ahead. 

I'm obsessed with their "Stack of the Week" segment on the ESQUELETO website. It is ideal for those shopping solely online because it gives you an idea of size/proportion of each ring, as well as how to style each piece. "Stack of the Week" is essentially a mini-tutorial on how to wear and style rings, and provides LOTS of inspiration! I've displayed six of my favorites above and if you click on any of them, it will take you to their page devoted to "Stack of the Week." 

One last thing, ESQUELETO is having a Vintage Trunk Show in LA on November 14th--from 11am-6pm featuring Laurel of PASS IT ON, LTD. So if you're in the LA area next Saturday, stop by!!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with ESQUELETO.


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Shay Jewelry stacking up, which is just another day at the office for these girls

Platt Boutique Jewelry piling everything Georgian from their inventory, including lots of rose cut diamonds

@serratatat having fun with Charde Jewelers, becoming a modern muse

FD Gallery shows off four incredible 18th & 19th Century Momento Mori rings from their inventory

Maria Nilsdotter designs some amazing rings--loving the entire collection together

Shop Esqueleto takes a snap at their bridal shoot looking lovely with all the stacks

Metier SF takes a picture of Angela's (@gemstonegypsy) jeweled fingers when she came to visit San Fran

Jewels by Grace having a moment while visiting FD Gallery, and yes that's a 10 ct+ Cartier cluster ring

@thing_finder and some of her favorites from her personal collection}