The Walton’s story
Our store began over forty years ago by Melba Walton, an entrepreneur who had a sincere passion for antique jewelry. In a time when woman were not able to get a loan on their own, she had her husband, Jack, cosign in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a business owner. Melba persevered, opening Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry in 1974 in our original location in Carter’s Court - the premier Downtown Franklin shopping destination at the time. In 1982, she decided to invest in the future, purchasing our current building at 410 Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
Michael, Melba’s youngest son, joined the family business in 1982. He received his Graduate Gemology degree to become the resident jewelry appraiser. He also took courses and put in hundreds of hours to become our resident jeweler. For many years, Mike handled almost every aspect of day to day operations. His passion, knowledge and genuine, honest character helped to grow Walton’s into the jewelry store it is today.
In 2012, Julie, Mike’s oldest daughter and Melba’s granddaughter, joined the family business. She pursued her Graduate Gemology degree and also began making her mark by establishing a strong online presence for Walton’s. She launched our new website and grew our Facebook and Instagram following, allowing us to connect with our customers in a whole new way. In 2017, she launched Walton’s online store, giving our customers the opportunity to shop with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week from all across the country!
In 2017, Julie was selected as one of eleven business owners from across the country to become a member of Facebook’s Small Business Council. This incredible partnership with Facebook has opened up a world of possibilities and opportunities for Walton’s. Learn more about the council HERE and watch the Facebook produced video of the Walton’s story below:
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.