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Zonta continues to take appraisal appointments

By ZONTA CLUB - | Mar 9, 2021

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The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is still booking appraiser appointments for March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of “Peek at the Unique Repurposed,” its re-imagined annual fundraiser for 2021.

For a $100 tax-deductible donation, people can receive a 15-minute session with a gem-jewelry expert or an antiques appraiser with “Antiques Roadshow” experience for up to three items. The items will be informally assessed at the Blue Giraffe in Beachview Estates; COVID-19 protections will be observed.

“Retiring and moving to Sanibel, many of us downsized from larger homes and brought favorite items to new homes here,” event co-chairs and Zontians Barbara Beran and Halle Smith said. “Our idea is to bring them for evaluation, then you can display them prominently because they turn out to be valuable or finally discard them, having hung on to them for too long.”

For jewelry, book an appointment with Carlos Fernandez. With Congress Jewelers on Sanibel since 1998, he is a diamond graduate of the Gemological Institute of America with over 30 years’ experience, specializing in antique and vintage jewelry, watches and signed period pieces.

For lap-size antique items — pictures, glassware, china ornaments — book with H. Peter Curran. For larger items, bring a photograph. A member of the Appraisers Association of America, he has extensive experience appraising American and European paintings, prints, silver and furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. For six years, Curran toured with “Antiques Roadshow.” He also served behind the scenes, pre-screening material.

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The appraisals will not be certified, but both will offer a discount for a future formal appraisal.

To make a reservation for an appraisal, visit ZontaSanCap.org or bit.ly/ZontaPeek.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be awarded in grants to non-profits in Lee County, including Sanibel, whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own — to empower women and girls.