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Our Story

The Cedar Chest was founded by John and Pat Zambuto in 1975 with a small collection of 14kt. gold chains and sealife charms. Over the past 45 years we’ve become known for our unusual collection of nature themed jewelry; unique pieces that celebrate the beauty and diversity of Sanibel wildlife.

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.

Our specialists, including a master goldsmith, are skilled, experienced and dedicated to helping you find the right piece for your own collection.

Visit us online or in person and enjoy the beauty of a truly unique view of the natural world. Our customers say it best: “I’ve never seen such unusual and beautiful jewelry. Please put us on your mailing list. We’ll definitely come back.” And they do! Find out why customers throughout the United States and around the world consider us the best jewelry store in Sanibel Island and around the world.

Shop Our Entire Collection of Beach Themed and Sea Life Inspired Jewelry

Pat created the the island’s first Sanibel Nature jewelry collection, and this 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 florals. Our designs for Sanibel Island and sea life jewelry are crafted in gold and silver with diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones.

We have also become a showcase for the jewelry of many other talented designers. In addition to our naturally inspired jewelry we also feature new styles and trends in fine jewelry, as well as handcrafted coin and artifact jewelry. These unique designs have attracted the attention and admiration of visitors from around the world.