By: Gillian Birch
Sanibel Island is a haven for painters and artisans, providing inspiration for beach and sea-themed jewelry such as the collection on display at Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry. This beautiful and unique store features jewelry to suit every taste, from Spanish Treasures and ancient coin jewelry to beautiful creations that reflect the beaches and wildlife that Sanibel is known for.
This uniquely different store is tucked away at Tahitian Gardens Shops on Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Island.
Sanibel-Inspired Jewelry Collections
The Cedar Chest was founded over 40 years ago by John and Pat Zambuto and they are still hands-on in the business. Pat’s love of nature and wildlife became the signature for the store which quickly earned a reputation for fine quality jewelry and personal service. Their first collection featured delicate gold chains and charms modeled on sea life. It was an instant success with locals and visitors who wanted a quality souvenir of their vacation that captured the spirit of Sanibel’s wildlife and natural beauty.
The same attention to detail can be seen in their current jewelry masterpieces that still focus on designs that capture the beauty and diversity of Sanibel and Florida. Their exclusive designs have become sought-after collectibles by jewelry enthusiasts across the United States and around the world.
Sanibel’s white sandy beaches, tropical foliage, nautical history, gently waving sea oats, wading birds, dolphins, turtles, pelicans, and marine life all find their place in some of the unique designs. Rings, pendants, brooches, charms, medallions, bracelets, bangles, and earrings offer something for all ages and tastes.
Unique Fashion and Estate Jewelry at Cedar Chest
More beautifully designed in-house jewelry at the Cedar Chest focuses on ancient coins and unique artifacts. The store also has a range of certified Spanish Treasure Coin Jewelry, handcrafted using salvaged shipwreck treasures that each have their own story to tell.
Discerning jewelry lovers and those who appreciate antiques will definitely want to browse the selection of Edwardian and Art Deco designs that are offered at the Cedar Chest. These unusual one-of-a-kind pieces are surprisingly affordable and allow you to wear a finely designed piece of jewelry that has a history.
Cedar Chest Treasures
Looking to the future, the 2017 online catalog has a range of beautifully crafted pieces inspired by the sun, moon, and stars. Compass rose bracelets, starfish and sand dollar pendants with diamonds are created in intimate detail from sterling silver and 14k rose gold. They make the perfect gift to mark a milestone birthday, graduation, anniversary, or an unforgettable vacation on Sanibel.
Boaters and yachtsmen will love the nautical bangles decorated with ship’s charts of Sanibel’s coastal waters. Gold anchor pendants vie for attention with cut-out pendants of sailboats, sun and waves set with bright blue opal and diamonds. Everything from dragonflies and flip flops to Sanibel’s landmark lighthouse are turned into miniature works of art from precious metals and semi-precious stones.
Knowledgeable staff is on hand to provide information and answer questions and, as at any quality store, the service is excellent. Each piece can be fitted to make sure that every gift is a treasured keepsake and heirloom piece that anyone would love to own and wear.