Store We Adore: Oakland, California’s Esqueleto



482A 49th St., Oakland, Calif.The natural world is alive and well inside Lauren Wolf’s Esqueleto. The 4-year-old store, tucked in an alley in Oakland’s hip Temescal district, sells jewelry, ceramics, and art pieces that incorporate shells, bones, minerals, and other facets of nature’s wonder. Fitting, then, that Wolf named the shop with the Spanish word for skeleton. “So much of what I do is breaking down these natural forms and reinterpreting them into jewelry,” she says. “Esqueleto captures the full-circle idea that this is where my work begins.” —Matt Villano     GETTING STARTED After graduating from the University of Georgia with a journalism major and anthropology minor, Wolf moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to study jewelry-making, attending beginner silversmithing classes in a school run by William T. King. When she returned to t
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