A vintage jewelry collection will be offered in an online auction to benefit the Cherokee County History Center Capital Campaign, as it looks to reach its goal of raising $2.8 million for a new history center.

History Cherokee, formerly known as the Cherokee County Historical Society, received the extensive jewelry collection from the estate of Debe Smith Grun. Grun was a past board member. and she and her husband, Bob, were strong supporters of the historical society for many years.

The donation includes a 3.5 carat diamond and emerald ring, a sapphire and diamond Riviera necklace, pearls, a 2.2 carat pear-shaped solitaire diamond ring, and several loose diamonds. The collection, valued at more than $100,000, also has numerous necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings featuring diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones, in a wide price range.

The online auction opened Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 10 at aspireauctions.com. The auction house is providing reduced commission rates to support the nonprofit fundraiser and buyers must register to participate.

“Debe was an amazing person, and it was such an honor to be remembered in her estate plan,” said History Cherokee Executive Director Stefanie Joyner. “We are so grateful to Debe and Bob for their generosity.”

History Cherokee has raised over $2.76 million for the new History Center and, with the help of the auction, hopes to reach its initial goal of raising $2.8 million. The new Cherokee County History Center will be a state-of-the art history museum and research center located in downtown Canton and is expected to open Summer 2022.

To learn more about planned giving and how you can support the efforts of History Cherokee, contact Stefanie Joyner at sjoyner@historycherokee.org. Information about the auction is available at aspireauctions.com and historycherokee.org/events.

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