Right across the Bay from San Francisco, there lies a treasure for the jewelry enthusiasts... Esqueleto in the cozy 'Temescal Alleys' in North Oakland. The store has a lovely curated selection of talented designers, creating a chic, soft spoken desert theme. Brimming with geodes, fossils, and strong pieces from jewelry designers across the globe, this store has too much good stuff. I find they have a knack for curating distinct & different designers, leaving me desiring many pieces from the display cases...
One of my favorite events is my annual trunk show held in their Oakland location. The staff is laid-back, easy to work with, and always a really fun to spend time with. I enjoy this yearly event to check in with Esqueleto's customers and my collectors, and seeing many old friends. I often leave the weekend with a full to-do list of custom orders and my head brimming with ideas for new designs my customers have mentioned they'd love to see!
Esqueleto is run buy the well-know jeweler Lauren Wolf, a woman of many talents, including running her stores (LA and Oakland) and producing her own jewelry line. Yet, from my first-hand experience, Lauren is a bit of a wonder woman, always calm and at ease, as you can tell immediately when walking into the welcoming environment of their Oakland store. They often do monthly events, including art shows and participating in First Friday, contributing to the lively scene in the Temescal Alleys. Next time your in the area, check it out, it will be well worth it, I swear.
Enjoy Esqueleto's Artist Spotlight: Luana Coonen from a while back!