Walton's Antique and Estate Jewelry

Family owned and operated in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN since 1974

(615) 790-0244

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.


We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Come on in and discover, or rekindle, your passion for antique jewelry! 



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!