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Our History

Learn the Rich History of a Little Schoolhouse Turned Sanibel Jewelry Gallery

Lily & Co.’s building has a rich history, spanning more than 100 years on Sanibel. Constructed in 1915,  the building on 520 Tarpon Bay Road was originally owned by the Florida Baptist Convention of  Jacksonville. In 1929 the building opened as a school for African American children during Lee County’s  efforts to update the educational facilities throughout the county. The school remained in service until  around 1963, when the current Sanibel Elementary School, the island’s first integrated school was built.
At that time, the schoolhouse was converted into the “Schoolhouse Art Gallery.” And as the years went  by, 520 Tarpon Bay Road served as a bank and a podiatrist’s office. 

On July 8, 1999, the historic Sanibel School was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and stands as one of only three historic schools for black children in Lee County. The Sanibel School is also one of 140 places recognized in the “Florida Black Heritage Trail,” first published in 1991 by the  Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.

In 2006, in a change from its origins, the store became Lily & Co. Jewelers, a Sanibel jewelry gallery  combining a fine jewelry store and art gallery in one location. We are very proud of our building’s long heritage and invite all guests to drop in and travel back in time!

Our Services

You already know that Lily Jewelry is the ultimate destination for distinctive Sanibel jewelry and local fine art, but did you know we also offer jewelry and watch repair, custom designed jewelry and restyling, and even a purchase program for your previously worn pieces? 

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, come to Lily & Co. Jewelers first!

Our Designers

Lily & Co. Jewelers – In-House and World-Class Designers

At Lily & Co. Jewelers on Sanibel, you’re not going to find the same generic jewelry sold at mall chains. We specialize in distinctive jewelry from designers around the globe, and we’ve spent the past decade sourcing the finest silver, gold, platinum and precious gem pieces to represent the Lily Jewelry name.

 

Our Sanibel Island jewelry “family” lives and breathes the island life, and you’ll see that reflected  in the stunning pieces that we hand-select from our preferred designers. For a truly local flavor,  get immersed in the Lily Sea Life collection, or choose a delicate adornment from the Lily  Diamond Collection; both new lines manufactured in-house and exclusive to Lily Co. Or, travel abroad to Florence, Italy for a bold, colorful statement piece from designer, Ponte Vecchio; or find the perfect silver fashion piece from renowned European manufacturer, Breuning.
 

 

Custom Designed Jewelry from Distinguished Lily Co. Jewelers

Not finding what you want, or do you have something very specific in mind? Stop by our Design Center and have a chat with master jewelers. Not only is our staff the masterminds behind our exclusive new in-house “Lily” collections, we can also create custom pieces born of your imagination. Bring us a picture from a magazine, a scribble on a cocktail napkin, or just sit down with us and talk about your vision for custom designed jewelry for  you or a loved one.

Lily & Co. Jewelers is Sanibel Island’s first jewelry gallery, featuring exquisite collections from world-class designers.

  • Gurhan                 ​​

  • The Touch

  • Charles Garnier

  • The Mazza Company

  • Bruening

  • Charles Krypell

  • Denny Wong

  • Doves

  • Fredrick Sage

  • KC Designs

  • Chelsea Clocks

  • Beny Sofer

  • Martin Flyer

  • Roberto DeMeglio

  • Mark Edwards

  • Marahlago

  • Belle étoile

  • JYE Luxury Collection