In the Press
MENLO CHARITY HORSE SHOW GALA
- C Social front, August 2015 -
On Friday August 7, guests were invited by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry to the Menlo Circus club in Atherton for the annual fundraising event, Menlo Charity Horse Show Gala, in celebration of its 45th anniversary. The evening kicked off with a show jumping event and followed with an upscale dinner where guests including Wendy Baum and Stephen Silver enjoyed signature blue cocktails for the Sapphire and Ice themed party while bidding at the silent and live auctions. Founder Betsy Glikbarg commingled with the 350 guests, who helped benefit the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired with their bids.
MENLO CHARITY HORSE SHOW CELEBRATES 45th ANNIVERSARY
July 16, 2015
Atherton, CA…. Members of the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee are proud to announce that 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of this nationally recognized and honored event, which will be held August 4th through the 9th, at The Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton from 8:30 am to 6pm daily.
In 1970, the original, small, local, and unranked, one day show, which was organized by a committee of 6 or 7 women (5 of whom are still active on this year’s committee), featured approximately 40 riders. According to founder, Betsy Glikbarg, “Even in those initial days, when we doubted if we would be able to break even financially, we were able to (thanks to the generosity of the community) raise funds for the non-profit agencies that benefited from our early efforts.”
Today, this 6 day, AA rated event has a steering committee of over 100 volunteers. Menlo attracts over 400 of the most accomplished horse and rider combinations in the U.S., and has raised over 6 million dollars for its current beneficiary Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, an agency which serves those with vision loss in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Betsy Glikbarg adds, “Our horse show is one of the finest, Professional/Amateur equestrian events in the United States, and is unique in that its origin and legacy is one of philanthropy, involving and giving back to the community.”
On Monday, August 3rd, one day before the official start of the event, Wilkes Bashford at the Stanford Shopping Center will be hosting a kick-off party for committee members, exhibitors, trainers, and friends of the horse show from 6pm to 8pm.
Featuring Hunters and Jumpers, Menlo offers daily, non-stop hunter and jumper competition in 3 arenas, including hunter and jumper rings located on the Menlo Circus Club grass polo field. Food and beverages are available on site, and the private clubhouse is open to the public during this event. Forty vendors offer clothing, jewelry, art and items for the home, garden and stable.
Highlights of the event include the $40,000 Grand Prix, sponsored by Bentley San Francisco and Bentley Los Gatos on Saturday evening, and Thursday’s evenings $20,000 International Hunter Derby, presented by Dr. Daryl K Hoffman of Atherton. Pony classes will be featured on Tuesday and Wednesday in the sand arena. In celebration of the show’s 45th anniversary, pony riders, fans and friends will experience “Pony Palooza” with special treats for all.
This year’s Gala dinner, underwritten by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, will immediately follow Friday evening’s $10,000 Ryman Speed Jumping Class, sponsored by The Oriental Carpet. The theme of the evening, in keeping with the 45th anniversary celebration is “Sapphire & Ice.” Longtime friend and Grand Prix Level sponsor, Mr. Silver has also donated a raffle item of a very special dinner and shopping spree at his boutique in Woodside. Valued at $25,000, this unique, once in a life time raffle will be held at the Gala. The evening will also include silent and live auctions, a very special Fund a Need, as well as signature blue cocktails that will be served during the evening as one of the highlights of the festivities. One of the evening’s auction is a Champion Golden State Warriors jersey autographed by MVP Stephen Curry. Also to be auctioned off that evening is Equus Series I-II, an oil on board painting, in the tradition of the Renaissance Masters by Heather Theurer, Official Artist for the 2015 horse show, valued at $2,625.00. Several of Ms. Theurer’s works have been displayed at Disney theme parks and galleries. Tickets for the dinner are @250.00 a piece and are available one line at menlocharityhorseshow.org. Raffle tickets will be available the week of the show and sell for $100/ticket or $500 for a book of 6.
The Menlo Charity Horse Show offers spectators the rare opportunity to experience the excitement, beauty, and grace of the equestrian athlete in a stunning environment. There is ample parking with complimentary shuttle service to the horse show venue. Tax deductible tickets, available at the Elena Avenue entry gate, are $10.00 per day, or $35 for a 6 day pass. Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free. For further information and schedule, please visit: menlocharityhorseshow.org or call: 650-701-0543.
Nestled inside the Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill Road, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry has gained the notable distinction of being the only authorized seller of Audemars Piguet watches in the entire Bay Area. We recently sat down with Andrew Block, President of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, to discuss his feelings on a few of the new Audemars Piguet watches revealed at this year’s SIHH.
How do you feel about being an authorized Audemars Piguet dealer in the Bay Area?
It’s a cornerstone brand for us. It’s a brand that we plan on building our business around. We know that there are very few authorized Audemars Piguet dealers in the United States. We feel that having this brand fits into our overall strategy of providing a curated selection of brands. We love the fact that our brand selection is one that reflects Silicon Valley. Brands that truly reflect technology, that reflect craftsmanship and innovation. To be the only authorized dealer in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, we’re supremely proud to have it. Again, It’s one of our cornerstone brands that we plan on building around. So, in the first six months of operation, we’re glad to see momentum building in terms of sell through, and our partnership with AP has been one of tremendous cooperation. We’re extraordinarily happy to be one of their few authorized dealers in the United States.
RD1 Acoustic Research Project
I always love when manufacturers test the limits of how far they can push artistry, craftsmanship and design. I think what AP [Audemars Piguet] did was take a traditional complication like the minute repeater and create something that elevates that complication to levels that hadn’t been seen before. The Acoustic Minute Repeater was brilliant. The big question becomes ‘Will they make it on a commercial level?’ I love concept pieces. Concept pieces show the limits to where manufacturers can take their brand, and that’s really it. They’re concept pieces. It positions the brand as being superior in design and craftsmanship, so what commercial aspects are they going to leverage from that design and put it into commercial use? But it was a magnificent piece.
Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Ladies
I like the fact that AP is focusing on women. It’s an area that we have a need for. I believe that it will be successful. It will be good for us to have more options for women besides just the Royal Oak, so we’re happy with it.
Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillion Chronograph
Everything that AP creates in the Offshore world is, to us, an asset because Offshore is a big part of our sell through. We hope to be able to get our fair share of them.
The Royal Oak Two Tone For Ladies and Men
We like them both actually. We were commenting that those two pieces go back to the classic days of the Royal Oak in steel and gold. They will be great commercial pieces, and we expect to be very successful with both of them. I like them for women as well. We were very happy to see the steel and gold royal oak come back in that way, back to almost the original design when the royal oak first came out. I like it when watch brands don’t continually come out with pieces that are commercial challenges. In these cases, the steel and gold for women and men will both be commercially successful.
The Apple Watch Launch: What We Know So Far
March 3, 2015 By Mark Bernardo
Next Monday, March 9, Apple has announced its “Spring Forward” event, which will be available as a live video stream on the company’s website. Though Apple has not confirmed the specifics, the event is widely expected to produce the final details on the company’s long-awaited smartwatch, the Apple Watch.
Also expectedly, many watch industry figures have been chiming in on the Apple Watch and what it means for the traditional watch industry. One of the most recent is Andrew Block, president of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and former vice president of watch-retail giant Tourneau, who said in a statement, “First-time watch buyers entering the market have been left with the choice between fashion brands from Fossil or traditional brands like Tissot, with not much else to choose from. The Apple Watch broadens the offerings in the entry level category which will eventually benefit the entire watch industry.” On the issue of how the Apple Watch can capture the minds and dollars of the millenial generation where traditional brands have failed, Block says, “Due to smartphone technology many in the millennial set are not wearing watches leaving some valuable real estate on their wrists waiting to be claimed. Once this generation takes the dive into watches, there will be a natural progression to the upscale analog market as they become more established in their careers.”
What Will the Apple Watch Edition Cost? Jewelry and Watch People Weigh In
By Rob Bates, News Director Posted on February 26, 2015
SSFJ President Andrew Block's contribution....
Watch markups vary depending on the power of the brand and its price point, according to Andrew Block, who spent 25 years at Tourneau and now heads Stephen Singer Fine Jewelry. For new or unproven high-end brands, they generally near 50 percent, with the bulk pocketed by the retailer. For more sought-after names, the retail markup falls to 30–40 percent, with the manufacturers keeping more for itself.
So what category does this fall into? Apple being Apple, retailers may give it some leeway—to a point.
“Apple’s brand is formidable,” says Block. “But so is Rolex’s, so is Patek Philippe’s. Some of the other brands are just as formidable in this category. It hasn’t established its value yet in gold.” (He believes the Apple Watch will be bigger in overseas markets such China and South America than it will be in the United States.)
Stephen Silver Names Former Tourneau Exec President
National Jeweler, February 11, 2015
Menlo Park, Calif.--Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry has named Andrew Block to the newly created role of president, effective immediately.
In his position, Block will be responsible for furthering the company’s position as a prominent jeweler in the Silicon Valley area as well as developing and implementing new business development strategies.
He has more than 30 years of experience with luxury brand management, having held positions in all phases of the industry including 21 years as executive vice president at Tourneau
At Tourneau, Block and his team were responsible for growing it from a three-store company into a leading watch business with more than 50 retail stores, and strategic partnerships with more than 90 watch companies including Richemont, Swatch Group, LVMH and Fossil, and independent brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Breitling.
He also has experience developing and implementing multi-channel growth strategies across the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, Latin America and the Middle East by positioning luxury brands as must-have goods for consumers.
Block also has become a source for matters involving the luxury timepiece and jewelry industry, having been featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC,The New York Times, WWD, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Andrew Block as the new president of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry. A global luxury brand veteran and strategist, we are confident that Block will significantly contribute to this new chapter in the history of our company,” said chairman and CEO Stephen Silver. “His record of accomplishment, and extensive experience and expertise managing within multi-brand environments, make him the ideal fit for this vital position.”
Stephen Silver provides rare watches and jewelry to consumers on the West Coast, and offers services like jewelry appraisal, repair, restoration and restyling, and custom design.
The company is headquartered and has a private salon in Redwood City, Calif. as well as a boutique in Menlo Park.
THE ULTIMATE VALENTINES PACKAGE WILL COST YOU $105,000.
Destination Luxury, Tuesday February 10th, 2015 by, David Christopher Lee
This Valentine’s Day, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, one of America’s premiere timepiece and jewelry houses, is partnering with The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort to offer you and your sweetheart the opportunity to escape the winter blues and relax on the white sand beaches of Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit with the ultra-luxurious Sapphire Love Valentine’s Day experience.
Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry is renowned for their extraordinary ability to procure, design and handcraft the world’s finest jewelry and gemstones, marrying old world attention to detail with a cosmopolitan eye on the world. This February, amaze your Valentine with a 3.14 carat Oval Padparadscha Sapphire Ring from Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and an exclusive trip of a lifetime to The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, for $105,000.
The Sapphire Love Valentine’s Day experience includes:
- Roundtrip private airfare to Punta Mita
- Three nights’ accommodations in The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s luxurious Suite Amanecer – the resort’s Presidential Suite – which is located in a separate private villa directly on the beach. The 3,100 sq. ft. three-bedroom Presidential Suite, decorated in an elegant Mexican-Mediterranean style with marvelous beach and ocean views, includes signature St. Regis Butler Service, a private outdoor shower, separate indoor shower and bathtub, spacious kitchen, living room and dining room, and a large private terrace with a private pool, Jaccuzi and sunbeds overlooking the ocean.
- A day out on the sea or a sunset cruise aboard The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s signature 70-foot luxury motor yacht, which includes:
- Private crewed charter with gourmet onboard amenities
- Welcome cocktail and canapés plus beverages and delicious bites such as seasonal fruit, guacamole, and seafood ceviche
- Snorkeling gear, fishing rods, and kayaks for use
- Private beachfront dinner for two with a private mariachi band performance
- Roundtrip private airport transfers
- Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry’s custom platinum, diamond, and 3.14 carat Oval Padparadscha Sapphire Ring
SF Racked, Thursday, February 5, 2015, by Robyn Hagan Cain
Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry in Menlo Park is partnering with the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort for an ultra-luxurious "Sapphire Love" Valentine's Day gift. Yes, the total cost is $105,000 —an admittedly staggering amount that most of us will never consider spending— but that includes roundtrip private airfare to Punta Mita, three nights' accommodations in the presidential suite (with your requisite private butler), a day cruise on the resort's luxury yacht, a beachfront dinner for two with a private mariachi band, and a 3.14 oval padparadscha sapphire ring. We did a little research and discovered that, all things considered, it's not a bad price... if you can afford it.
First, we started with the airfare....Read More
If you’ve been to the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel—and who hasn’t by now?—certainly you’ve seen the tiny yet oh-so-impressive Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique across from the elegant Madera restaurant. Now, just steps away and off the lobby of the luxurious Menlo Park hotel, is its spacious sister store: Stephen Silver, which showcases the hautest timepieces from Richard Mille, HYT, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin and other exclusive brands that appreciate the art of haute horlogerie in a setting befitting its tech-driven location.
Because Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Silicon Valley’s premier jewelry house, is renowned for its extraordinary ability to procure, design and handcraft the world’s finest jewelry and gemstones, it should come as no surprise that the new Stephen Silver dazzles with unique offerings not available anywhere in the area.
Collectors will go ga-ga over the HYT H2 Titanium Black DLC ($129,000) and Richard Mille Orange Storm in NTPT and black ceramic ($160,000). Stephen Silver also carries one of the most complete collections of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore, which retail for $17,100-$50,500.
If you think you can find some of these products nearby, think again! Stephen Silver is:
- 1 of 2 points of sale for Richard Mille in Northern California
- 1 of 5 HYT retailers in United States and the only one located in Northern California
- 1 of 2 points of sale for Audemars Piguet in Northern California
- 1 of 2 points of sale for Ulysse Nardin in Northern California
- Exclusive Arnold & Son retailer for Northern California to Vancouver
- 1 of 9 Ressence retailers in the United States
- 1 of 4 retailers in the United States for Laurent Ferrier
- 1 of 7 retailers in California for Devon Works
In addition to the exclusive merchandise in this 950-square-foot boutique created by architect Joel Miroglio, is the unique setting in which the products are presented. Rather than build a series of shop in shops that you see in other retailers, Stephen Silver showcases its own brand and chose watch brand partners that complement it.
Being that the store is in the heart of Silicon Valley, naturally, technology plays a big role. That’s why you’ll find six vertically mounted 42″ LCD monitors, a flush-mount 50″ plasma television in the private consultation room and a state-of-the-art Sonos system. How apropos that Stephen Silver accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin.
Expect Stephen Silver to throw lots of haute in-store events in the coming months. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest and hautest happenings from this new boutique.