Customers Purchasing over $25,000 In-Store Will Enjoy a Private Cognac Tasting from 6L LOUIS XIII “Le Mathusalem” Baccarat Crystal Bottle
Stephen and Jared Silver rolled out the red carpet at their Rosewood Sand Hill boutique on Wednesday, December 4, to celebrate the Silicon Valley retailer’s new collaboration with LOUIS XIII Cognac, one of the world’s most iconic spirits brands. Joined by friends and clients, including actor Aldis Hodge, the Silvers unveiled North America’s largest publicly displayed decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac: a 6 liter “Le Mathusalem” hand-blown Baccarat crystal bottle. Starting December 4, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry began offering private presentations and tastings of the rare French cognac to any customers making purchases over $25,000.
Jared Silver, President, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry: “I was so impressed with the Louis XIII presentation. For years, I have wanted to create a multi-sensory experience, something you could see, smell, feel, taste, and hear, in our store. After connecting with the Louis XIII team, and experiencing the cognac, I felt it was a perfect match. Now we will share a ‘Louis XIII Moment’ with our most dedicated clients as a permanent tradition. It’s our way of honoring them and saying, ‘thank you’ for their support.”
Stephen Silver, CEO, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry: “Creating a masterpiece requires innate vision, expertise, the right conditions, and the mastery of time. I have worked on a single gemstone for years, sourcing it and taking it through laborious stages of design, cutting, refining, and setting to see it reach its full potential. Fine cognac is much the same. It takes over 100 years to produce a single drop of Louis XIII, with multiple cellar masters overseeing its journey from grape to cask to bottle. Our values align with the Louis XIII brand. We share a dedication to superior quality, meticulous craft, an emphasis on education, and the preservation of expertise spanning generations.”
The limited-edition, numbered “Le Mathusalem” crystal decanter now housed in the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique is filled with the exquisite blend of up to 1,200 grapes eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne matured slowly inside an oak cask. Each individually numbered decanter is designed after an original 16th century metal flask, discovered on the site of the battle of Jarnac in France. The “Le Mathusalem” 6 liter bottle is made from fine crystal weighing 17 kilos, mouth-blown by 20 highly skilled master craftsmen of La Maison Baccarat. LOUIS XIII is the life achievement of four generations of cellar masters.
The Silvers’ LOUIS XIII “Le Mathusalem” decanter will remain on permanent public display at the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique with its dedicated case, eight crystal glasses, a serving platter, and a pipette, in honor of the ancestral tasting and serving rituals of the LOUIS XIII cellar masters. At the December 4 launch event at Rosewood Sand Hill, intimate groups of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry friends and clients were guided by a LOUIS XIII cellar master through a 30-minute tasting experience.
With this new LOUIS XIII display, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry will also be featured in an exclusive roster of LOUIS XIII exclusive experiences available only to the most dedicated LOUIS XIII customers worldwide. VIP LOUIS XIII customers visiting the San Francisco Bay area can schedule a tour of the Silvers’ extensive vaults, where they will gain access to some of the world’s greatest jewelry treasures and loose gemstones valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Each multi-sensory tour will conclude with a tasting presentation and ‘LOUIS XIII Moment.’
About Stephen Silver
Stephen Silver is a Silicon-Valley based GIA-certified gemologist, geologist, diamonteer, and philanthropist. Over the course of the last 40 years, Stephen Silver has cultivated an international network of collectors and garnered worldwide acclaim as one of the leading figures in the luxury industry thanks to his unparalleled expertise in gemstone cutting, jewelry design, antique and estate jewelry, and independent haute horlogerie. He has gained access to many of history’s most important colored gems, including the historic Cullinan Blue Diamond necklace, which Silver acquired and donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in 2010. He also oversaw the risky recut and improvement of “The Pink Promise Diamond,” a 14.93 carat Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond which sold for a record price per carat of over $32 million USD at Christie’s Hong Kong in 2017.
Together with son and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry President Jared Silver, Stephen Silver expanded his business beyond its origins as an estate jewelry firm into a vertically integrated wholesale manufacture and retail operation of international reach, with two locations based in and around Menlo Park, California. The Silvers are also recognized in Silicon Valley for their extensive philanthropic work, having donated millions in recent years to causes in their community.
About LOUIS XIII Cognac
Think a century ahead. Each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. Since its origins in 1874, each generation of cellar master selects from our cellars the most precious eaux-de-vie for LOUIS XIII. Today, Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside our finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors for the coming century. LOUIS XIII is an exquisite blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. The legendary decanters have been made out of fine crystal for generations, mouth-blown by some of the most skilled master craftsmen. LOUIS XIII features exceptional aromas evoking myrrh, honey, dried roses, plum, honeysuckle, cigar box, leather, figs and passion fruit.
About Rosewood Sand Hill
Nestled amid 16 acres, Rosewood Sand Hill melds the relaxed style and beauty of California Ranch architecture with fragrant gardens and stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Whether relaxing in the spacious guestrooms, indulging at Sense spa, or enjoying Madera’s delicious offerings inspired by the freshest local ingredients, guests will experience unparalleled attention to detail and impeccable service at this urban oasis. Rosewood Sand Hill’s luxurious accommodations feature 121 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 31 suites ranging in size from 527 square feet for the deluxe guestroom to 2,372 square feet for the two-bedroom Presidential Villa. All guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or terraces with views of landscaped courtyard gardens, the swimming pool or the Santa Cruz Mountains.