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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