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 had 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 jewelry! 

(CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS)  

 

Adventures in Argentina

After days of striking out at the local jewelry stores and markets in Buenes Aires, Argentina, Mike stumbled upon a shop that specialized in antique jewelry where he found a few exquisitely, unique treasures! Tour through the images below that showcase our new Argentinian acquirements!

(Left) Mike and Adrian in the jewelry district in Buenes Aires. Even in Argentina, gold buyers are everywhere - minus the gold suits, waving a sign on the corner.  The sign above them reads, "We buy gold, silver and platinum.  We pay more!"

Victorian Era rose cut diamond and sapphire dainty drop earrings set in yellow gold. 

Edwardian white gold on yellow gold cross with a diamond in the center. 

Edwardian era Old European cut diamond and emerald ring set in platinum on yellow gold.  

Art Deco emerald and diamond earrings set in platinum. 

NPT Appraisal Fair 2014

The Walton Duo, Mike and Julie, set up shop at the NPT Appraisal Fair this past weekend.  Attendees were given the opportunity to bring up to five items to have verbally appraised by experts in a variety of fields.  With over 250 people registered and over 939 items to be appraised, it was a busy day with many interesting items to see! Check out the images below to see a few of our favorites! 

Victorian Era gold broach featuring rose cut diamonds set in black onyx with enameling details. 

An emerald cut Harry Winston diamond ring. 

Victorian Era gold locket featuring pictures of great grand parents. 

Ruby and Old European cut diamond ring. 

Art Deco Old European cut diamond bracelet in platinum. 

Turn of the century pocket watch with a beautifully detailed face. 

Melba Walton's Jewelry: A Treasure to Behold

Oh the stories and treasures to behold inside Melba Walton's personal jewelry box!  With over forty years in the jewelry business, one can only begin to imagine all the wondrous pieces that she had chosen to be hers.  Enjoy this glimpse at her personal favorites, as they are truly one of a kind, just like the wonderful woman herself! 

In 1980, Melba's experienced a total loss in the robbery that occurred at her jewelry store in Carter's Court. In 1982, the stolen jewelry was located in Phoenix, Arizona.  This particular ring was one of recovered pieces, an Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring. 

Melba's stack of Art Deco diamond wedding bands.  

Melba's Art Deco diamond and emerald cocktail ring. 

Melba's Victorian era Old Mine cut diamond pin set in yellow gold. 

Her jewelry career began in the early 1970's when Melba and her husband Jack Sr. would round up their two kids, Jack Jr and Mike, and head to the flea market.  Melba would spread a blanket on the hood of her car and place her collection of antique jewels out for sale.  In 1974, she set up shop in Carter's Court, the new up and coming shopping venue for Franklin back in the day.  People came to Melba because of her southern charm, wit and above all, her honesty.  Business was thriving, so she began to branch out to gain more inventory.  She even made trips to the Diamond District in New York City where she and Jack Sr. gained quite a reputation as the cute southern couple doing business in the Big Apple.  

In 1984, Melba, with the advice of a close relator friend, purchased the building at 410 Main Street in Downtown Franklin.  At a mere $52,000, it was the best investment she could have ever made.  Now, Walton's Antique and Estate Jewelry is the longest surviving business on Main Street.  We often hear from Melba's longtime customers whom she first met through the jewelry store, but became close friends with over the years.  She created a legacy that will not be forgotten; one that will continue to be cherished within our Franklin community. 

We Love You, Maw-Maw

Melba Walton, known by most as the founder and heart and soul of Walton's, but known to us as Maw-Maw, has passed away. She was a strong, caring and determined woman whom many have admired and called friend in our Franklin community. She will be dearly missed, however her memory will live on by those who love her and continue to support her passion for her jewelry store. Thank you, Maw-Maw, for sharing your dreams with us. We love you. 

Visitation will be held tomorrow, Wednesday June 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Williamson Memorial (3009 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064) 

A second visitation will be held Thursday, June 5th from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Williamson Memorial with the funeral to follow directly at 10:00 am.  

Walton's will be closed on Thursday, June 5th.  

Melba Walton in the beginning of her jewelry career in Carter's Court, Franklin, TN. 

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