Walton's Antique and Estate Jewelry

Family owned and operated in Franklin, TN for the past 40 years

Our store began over forty years ago by Melba Walton, an entrepreneur who has a sincere passion for antique jewelry.  Today, Walton's Antique and Estate Jewelry has become a staple to the downtown Franklin community. Specializing in pre-1940's antique and estate pieces, Walton's maintains the foundation on which Melba created the store;  a place where all are welcome to share in the love and admiration for pieces of one of a kind jewelry.

STORE HOURS

We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30pm.  Come on in and discover, or rekindle, your passion for antique jewlery!

 

Chicks Love Diamonds

You never know what you may find at Walton's! This week, one of our customers and her grandkids brought in these adorable little baby chicks! The precious little chick felt right at home in a nest made of a 10.0 carat diamond Art Deco bracelet!  Happy Easter from our favorite fuzzy model! 

He was sound asleep in his nest made of diamonds!

Happy Hunting

It's that time of year! We have hidden the Walton's Golden Egg on Main Street between Five Points and the Square! The lucky finder will win this dainty (3.8mm) strand of cultured pearls! Follow us on Facebook for hints to its location!  Happy Hunting!

The Walton's Golden Egg was found on April 16th, 2014 at 4:15! Congratulations to our lucky hunters! 

Old Mine : Old European : Round Brillant

Diamond Parts and Terminology

Ever wonder what Old Mine cut, Old European cut or Round Brillant mean while reading the descriptions of some of our pieces? Well, we are going back to the basics to give a clear understanding of frequently used terminology here at Walton's! Here's the breakdown of the three cut styles of diamonds that we most often see: 

 

 

Old Mine Cut 

This cutting style dates back to the early 1800's.  It is the earliest form of the modern day round brillant cut diamond.  The Old Mine cut features a small table (the flat part on the top of the diamond) and a steeper crown (the part angling down from the table).  The culet (the point at the bottom of a diamond) is large. Because of the tools diamond cutters used at that time, the Old Mine cut diamonds may not always be perfectly round. 

Old Mine cut plotting diagram. 

An Old Mine cut diamond. 

Walton's Jewelry example: 2.00 carat Old Mine cut diamond in a dainty diamond setting. (Sold)

 

Old European Cut

The Old European cut dates to the turn of the century, early 1900's.  Similar to the Old Mine cut, the Old European cut has a small table, steep crown, and a slightly smaller culet than the Old Mine. The Old European cut is going to look symmetrically round, more so than the Old Mine cut.  Art Deco jewelry is commonly set with Old European cut diamonds. 

Old European cut plotting diagram. 

An Old European cut diamond. 

Walton's Jewelry example:  1920's Tiffany and Company 1.86 carat Old European cut diamond ring. 

 

Round Brillant Cut

The Round Brillant is today's modern round cut diamond.  Produced largely since World War II,  this cut is very symmetrical and proportionate.  Cutters use specific percentages to determine the most appealing proportions for the diamond.  Round diamond jewelry from today's retail jewelers will most likely be set with Round Brillant diamonds. 

Round Brillant cut plotting diagram. 

A Round Brillant cut diamond. 

Walton's Jewelry example: 3.50 carat Round Brillant diamond set in an Art Deco style diamond detail mounting. 

There you have it! The basic progression of the round diamond.  To see more examples and to learn more, come by Walton's; we'd be happy to show you a round! 

 

NPT's Pledge Night

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On Monday evening, our very own Mike Walton went live on NPT during the Antique Roadshow to promote their annual Appraisal Day!  Viewers were able to call in to purchase tickets for Appraisal Day, which will happen on June 14th at The Factory of Franklin.  Those who attend will bring items for specialists to appraise.  Last night, Mike held a mock appraisal on air to demonstrate how he will be appraising jewelry on Appraisal Day! For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.wnpt.org/featured-shows/antiques-roadshow/

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Next Gen: Three Blind Vines

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Three Blind Vines, the annual fund raising event for the Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, is happening this Friday, February 21st, at the Factory in Franklin! The evening will include hundreds of bottles of wine to sample, live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres from Gray's on Main and the ever popular silent auction! This year, Walton's has donated this lovely Art Deco diamond and filigree pendant!  The funds raised by the silent auction support construction and on going preservation of the historic Franklin Theatre.  For your opportunity to support and contribute to this great cause (and to bid on a gorgeous piece of antique jewelry!), check out www.threeblindvines.com for more information and tickets.  

Walton's donation: beautiful Art Deco white gold filigree and diamond pendant.

Walton's donation: beautiful Art Deco white gold filigree and diamond pendant.

W Magazine: Pillow Tweets

W Magazine just released "Pillow Tweets", a photo shoot by photographers Mert Atlas and Mac Piggott featuring a slew of A-List celebs styled by Edward Enninful.  Get the look at Walton's with a pair of gorgeously unique vintage yellow gold and diamond flame earrings that look identical to those worn by Miley Cyrus! 

To see the full spread, check out wmag.com

Walton's Exclusive: Sheryl Crow

Longtime friend and customer, Sheryl Crow,  had a photo shoot last fall on her farm here in Middle Tennessee with an exciting twist: Walton's Jewelry! At this exclusive photo shoot done just for Walton's, Sheryl did a phenomenal job modeling a selection of ours, and her, favorite Art Deco jewels! In the third image, Sheryl is wearing one of her own Walton's pieces, a Victorian hand crafted heavy gold chain and locket.  Last September, she released her 8th studio album, Feels like Home, and just recently announced that she will be joining Rascal Flatts on their 2014 tour, Rewind.  We can't thank Sheryl and her team enough for sharing this experience with us, and wish her all the best in what promises to be a successful year! 

Sheryl's necklace: Art Deco Tiffany and Company diamond necklace. 

Sheryl's left wrist middle: Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet. 

Sheryl's left wrist middle: Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet. 

Sheryl's left wrist top: Art deco diamond and platinum bracelet. 

Sheryl's right hand: Art Deco diamond and blue zircon cocktail ring. 

Sheryl's left wrist bottom: Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet. 

Sheryl's left hand: Art Deco diamond and ruby cocktail ring. 

Sheryl's earrings: Art Deco pear shaped diamond earrings. 

Photography credit for Sheryl's photo shoot: Kristin Barlowe 

Walton's Goes to The Original Miami Beach Antique Show

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January 30th through February 3rd, Miami Beach is hosting their annual largest indoor antique jewelry show in the country. We are fortunate to have our very own Mike Walton scoping out exquisite pieces to add to our Walton's inventory! The event hosts over 1,000 dealers from around the world featuring collections of fine art, American and European silver, 17th and 18th century furniture and of course, an abundance of one of a kind, jaw dropping antique jewels! We anxiously await for Mike's return and to see the treasures that he brings home to Franklin! 

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We're on Instagram @Waltonsjewelry

It's our 40th year, why not do two giveaways in one month?! Simply follow us on Instagram @waltonsjewelry, and this Old European cut diamond pendant could be yours! A winner will be chosen next Wednesday, January 29th from our Instagram followers! (Pendant is valued at $500!)

0.15 carat Old European cut diamond bezel set pendant in 14K white gold. 

0.15 carat Old European cut diamond bezel set pendant in 14K white gold. 

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, @malaneyg! 

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, @malaneyg! 

NFocus "Taking Vows"

The NFocus January 2014 issue features a collection of everything bridal, including stunning antique jewelry from Walton's! Our gorgeous array of 1920's diamond jewelry paired beautifully with the designer gowns, bouquets and decor that were photographed for the bridal shoot.  For the full spread, check out nfocusnashville.com or pick up a hard copy in numerous local Nashville boutiques. 


Happily Ever After

We love happily ever-afters! And we love when our Walton's couples share pictures from their special day with us! We are very fortunate to work with wonderful customers and are honored to be a part of their lives together.  To give a couple a literal representation of the love and unity they share as husband and wife is a truly beautiful thing! Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Her antique diamond ring and diamond band from Walton's.

Her antique diamond ring and diamond band from Walton's.

Walton's Featured in NFocus Magazine

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Check out our sneak peek into the NFocus Magazine bridal photo shoot for the January issue featuring Walton's Jewelry! The models wore a collection of Art Deco diamond jewelry from Walton's that paired beautifully with the gorgeous designer gowns! The shoot took place at the beautiful Riverwood Mansion in East Nashville.  The issue will hit new stands at the end of December!

 Art Deco diamond and platinum necklace with 1.98 carats total weight in diamonds.

Top bracelet: Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet with 7.00 carats total weight in diamonds.

Bottom bracelet: 1920's diamond and platinum bracelet with over 10.00 carats total weight in diamonds.

 All original Art Deco 3.40 carat Old European cut diamond set in an Art Deco platinum mounting with diamond detail. 

 All original 1920's diamond and platinum on gold earrings with 2.50 carats total weight in diamonds.

All original Art Deco diamond and platinum pin/pendant with 4.00 carats total weight in diamonds.