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The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry of Sanibel Island, Florida began as a dream for founders John and Pat Zambuto. Sanibel residents since 1972, John and Pat established a jewelry and gift shop in Sanibel's first shopping center.

Founded in 1975, The Cedar Chest is a favorite Sanibel Island destination for locals, vacationers, and day trippers from Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, and all of Southwest Florida.

One step inside our doors and you'll see why! Pat's love of nature and the unspoiled beauty of Sanibel Island's beaches, birds, sea life, and tropical foliage is the inspiration for many of the most unique and creative pieces of fine jewelry you'll find anywhere.

Pat created the the island's first Sanibel Nature jewelry collection, and The Cedar Chest's exclusive Sanibel Nature Collection includes rings, pendants and slides, bracelets, necklaces and pins featuring manatees, dolphins, seahorses, seashells, starfish, sandollars, tropical fish, beach items, beachcomber flip flops, and the popular Sanibel periwinkle floral motif.

These natural wonders are rendered in the most luxurious materials: white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, platinum, diamonds, sapphires, Akoya and freshwater pearls, opals, coral, and a palette of vibrant gemstones.

With a talented Master Jeweler on staff, The Cedar Chest is where Islanders bring their jewelry for repair and rework.

Many vacationers return to Sanibel Island and The Cedar Chest year after year to add a new piece to their jewelry collection, acquire a special gift, or mark a holiday or anniversary. Collectors from around the world look forward to our annual catalog featuring our newest creations and consider us the best sea life jewelry store in the United States and around the world.