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Freeman’s to Auction Hayes Jewelry Collection

On June 8th, 2008, Freeman’s will offer a very exciting collection of jewelry brought up from Concord, North Carolina, from the estate of the late Mariam Cannon Hayes, heiress to a vast textile fortune.

Known for her philanthropy in the Charlotte, Concord, and western North Carolina areas, Mrs. Hayes left behind a nine piece jewelry collection with a total value of $140,000 at the low end of the estimate.

Mrs. Hayes was the daughter of Cannon Mills founder, Charles Cannon, and dedicated her life to the betterment of the citizens of the State of North Carolina and was involved in the creation of the Mariam Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. She also served as the Board Chair of the highly valued Cannon Foundation, Inc., as well as a Trustee of the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts. She supported many organizations in her hometown of Concord, North Carolina, but also generously supported the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital and the Blowing Rock Hospital. Mrs. Hayes was also the driving force behind the creation of the Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock, N.C.

The portion of her jewelry being offered in the June 8th 2008 fine jewelry sale is another example of her keen eye for collecting antique and fine jewelry. The collection presented illustrates the Art Deco era, made popular by New York and Chicago. Pieces to be sold in the June sale include an 8.5 carat solitaire diamond ring, a stunning Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet made by the American design company, Marcus & Co. and a magnificent diamond and platinum bracelet featuring a total of 30 carats of round and baguette cut diamonds.

All proceeds from the sale of these pieces are going to benefit the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, a private foundation benefiting many charitable organizations throughout North Carolina.