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! 



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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.