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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 years we’ve become known for our unusual collection of nature themed jewelry; unique pieces that celebrate the beauty and diversity of Sanibel wildlife.

It has been such a pleasure having our store on Sanibel Island for the last 48 years. We have become the number one destination for many area residents and Island visitors looking for that special piece of unique jewelry exclusive to The Cedar Chest. Over the years our frequent shoppers have turned into lasting friends. We feel blessed to consider them members of our Cedar Chest Family. Our number one priority is offering you quality and value, personal attention to your purchase and complete customer satisfaction. 

Sadly, the damage from Hurricane Ian forced us to evacuate our beloved store in September 2023. Our jewelry is now available on our website. You will find our exclusive one-of-a-kind designs, 14kt. and 18kt. gold sealife and beach jewelry, fine fashion jewelry, estate pieces, ancient and Spanish treasure coin jewelry, and nautical sterling silver. We invite you to browse our site and email, text or call us with any questions or special requests. We will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner. 

We hope you enjoy seeing our collection of fine jewelry including the many pieces that celebrate the unspoiled beauty of our tropical paradise. We look forward to hearing from old friends and making new ones.

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.