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! 



Filtering by Tag: Old European Cut Diamond

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to Franklin, Seersucker Candy Co.! Stop by their storefront at 506 Main Street to see and taste their beautiful and delectible chocolates! (We just can't get enough!)

Pictured here, atop an array of truffles, are our Art Deco emerald and diamond ring, Art Deco 15.0 carat sapphire ring, Old European cut yellow diamond cluster ring and a Tiffany & Co. diamond eternity band (prices upon request via private message or call).

One Stop Shop

Walton's is your one stop shop for Valentine's day! Your purchase from February 9th - 13th will include a long stem rose and an exclusive Walton's discount card to be used across the street at Kilwins of Franklin (pictured here are their delicious chocolate covered strawberries and truffles)!

Breathtaking 1920's 2.42 carat Old European cut diamond set in a gorgeous platinum and diamond pendant.

Main Street Festival 2015

It's a beautiful day for the Main Street Festival! Add a little sparkle to the festivities with this gorgeous Art Deco diamond and platinum ring with a 3.19 carat Old European cut diamond in the center.

The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, dynamic live entertainment for all ages, a dedicated kids’ areas and an international food court! For more information:


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! 


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!