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.

STORE HOURS

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! 

(CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS)  

 

Andrew and Charlotte

Congratulations to Andrew and Charlotte! We have loved getting to know these two and are honored to be a part of their love story! Read their sweet proposal as told by Charlotte 💍💕:

“Andrew’s proposal was awesome! And it was a complete surprise.

I was pretty sure he was going to propose, but didn’t know how or when. In fact, I had gotten a little frustrated with him that morning because I didn’t feel like we were “progressing”. All the time, Andrew was smiling inside because he had been working on his plan for a while and knew it was unfolding in a few hours.

He coordinated getting about 25 friends and family from West Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama to be there with us. I went to see Grease at The Factory with a friend of mine. Her husband and Andrew met our family and friends at Mafiaozas and got everything set up. He had some video cameras set up and had people lined up to take pictures.

After the show we walked over from The Factory as everyone was hiding on the deck.

He stopped me on the sidewalk and told me how much he loved me and how he didn’t want to spend another day without me. He then dropped to his knee and pulled out the ring and asked if I would marry him! I shrieked with excitement and of course said, “YES!”

His brother had hid behind a tree with a video camera and captured my expression and response.

I was completely shocked when he asked. Then right after we kissed, all of our friends and family cheered loudly from the deck – which was also complete surprise.

The ring is incredible and exactly what I wanted. Julie was great to work with and so helpful. Mafiaozas was awesome. We spent a couple of hours there celebrating and eating on their outside deck.

I’ve never been married before and Andrew’s proposal was beyond my wildest dreams. I can’t wait to be his wife and have him as my husband.”

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James and Blair

Congratulations to James and Blair! ❤️💍

“We have been together for 7 years. Being with someone that long, I never thought he would be able to surprise me with a proposal since we’ve talked about getting married for years. I always knew I’d see it coming 😉 but he completely surprised me in Iceland. He proposed at Skogafoss waterfall and it was really sweet & romantic. I am so in love with my ring and the history behind it!”

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Eric, Anna and John Owen

We're truly touched to be a part of all of life's special moments, especially the big moments that come in small, sweet, little bundles! Congratulations to Eric and Anna and welcome baby John Owen! Eric gave Anna this deliciously fabulous green tourmaline ring to welcome their precious "gem" into the world! 

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Bryan and Jillian

Paris is always a good idea... especially when it comes to a romantic, picturesque proposal! Congratulations to Bryan and Jillian! We are honored to be a part of your love story! 

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Jesse and Hilary

Tinder success story?! We've got one right here and it will make you a believer! We loved working with Jesse to find the perfect ring for Hilary, and couldn't be more excited for these two! Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your love story! 

"Jesse and Hilary met on Tinder three years ago (yes, #tindersuccessstory) For their first date, Jesse took Hilary out to dinner at @eatatchauhan, an awesome Indian fusion restaurant. This was probably the first time Jesse had ever eaten Indian food, though Hilary thought Jesse was so cultured in picking this restaurant. After 3 awesome years, Jesse knew that this was the woman he wanted to spend his life with. He took Hilary back to @eatatchauhan for a “birthday dinner”, where they sat at the same table as their first date (Hilary didn’t even notice...) They then went back to their apartment building where their friends had set up a romantic setting on the building’s roof, with candles and twinkly lights and the Nashville skyline in the distance. Hilary was convinced someone else was doing something up there and tried to get Jesse to leave, but he managed to lead her out and then got down on one knee. It was the easiest question Hilary had even been asked. Thank you @waltonsjewelry for such a STUNNING ring 💕💍"

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Patrick and Alyson

You must take a moment to read Patrick and Alyson's engagement story! In Patrick's words, "the night was far more ridiculous and hilarious than I can put into words, but it was fitting for her and I!" Congratulations, you two! We love your proposal and are honored you chose us to be a part of your love story! 

"I convinced Alyson to go ice skating with me on the eve of our anniversary, like we did for our first date. I said, “let’s make it a tradition,” she loved the idea of repeating something so special. That’s when I hatched the plan to propose.

When our anniversary date finally came, at the end of a long week, we were both tired, and she could sense some sort of tension from me. After two failed restaurant attempts, being asked if we could just go back to my apartment and relax, to which I replied with a stern NO, followed by her telling me “you’re stressing me out,” we finally made it to the ice rink.

After a few minutes of skating I began to tell her all of the ways I love her and how much she means to me. When she noticed a small tear in my eye she asked if I was “alright?” To which I replied, “Yes! But I have something I want to ask you.” It was in this moment she realized what was happening and she began to beam and blush in the most amazing way. Gripping my jacket she asked, “Are you seriously going to do this here?!” Meaning in front of so many people, to which I replied, “of course!” And to the screams and awes of teenage girls, mostly, I asked the woman of my dreams to marry me!"

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Matt and Kellie

Congratulations to Matt and Kellie! The two met during their time at Mississippi State, and bonded over their passion for hockey; Matt was the captain of Mississippi State's hockey team, and Kellie was the general manager! Matt proposed by setting up a romantic scene in his backyard, complete with handmade mason jar candle holders, flowers, champagne and a sign that read "Will you marry me? Check Yes or No". Kellie, of course, checked yes! We are thrilled for the happy couple, and we know that Melba "Maw-Maw" Walton is, too! (Kellie is one of Melba, our founder's, granddaughters ❤️) We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together! Your photo is officially on the Wall of Love! 😘

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Jordan and Brittany

The history, sentiment and story behind an engagement ring is something that we always treasure.  Jordan inherited a gorgeous emerald cut diamond ring from his family, but wanted to make a few slight adjustments to make it perfect for his bride to be, Brittany.  We were able to assist Jordan and are thrilled to share that she said yes! Congratulations you two! A beautiful ring for a beautiful couple! 

"We spent the day driving around to spots that were special moments for us. Then, closer to sunset, we drove up to this beautiful spot in Land Between the Lakes that we both love. I got down on my knee, proposed, and she said yes! I want to express my gratitude again to the Walton's Team for restoring my great-grandmother's ring. It's absolutely perfect for my fiancée!"

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Larry and Gwen

"I want to marry you so I can date you for the rest of your life." Those are the words Larry spoke to Gwen right before he got down on one knee.  It has been an honor being part of this beautiful love story.  We wish Larry and Gwen much happiness and many wonderful dates in their future together as husband and wife! 

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Nathan and Kay

Congratulations to Nathan and Kay! The happy couple recently went on an Alaskan adventure, where Kay received the surprise of a lifetime! We wish you both much happiness in your future together and many, many more adventures to come!

"Much to my surprise, Nathan proposed on a trip we recently took to Alaska. We have dated eight years, so I was somewhat anticipating an engagement. He is such a planner and farm boy that I was sure he would propose on his farm. I was in complete shock when he dropped to one knee spontaneously on vacation. I booked our reservations at Tonglen Lake Lodge which is located right outside of Denali National Park. We arrived at sunset to a beautiful lodge that sits on Tonglen Lake surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains of the Alaska Range. Nathan walked to the end of the dock, and I snapped a few pictures with the breathtaking view behind him. He then walked toward me, dropping to one knee, asking me to be his wife. When he opened his hand, I saw the most beautiful Art Deco Old European cut diamond antique ring."

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Anniversary Couple

Happy Anniversary to this beautiful Walton's couple! 

"My husband pulled a huge anniversary surprise last year. I saw this ring when you posted it to social media and fell in love. Couldn't help but tease my hubs that it would make a great 5 year anniversary present. I actually even made him stop with me to look at it (100% because it was beautiful and I just wanted to see it, not with any expectation that he'd ever get it) and someone had already put it on hold! Anyway, fast forward a month and, while we were at dinner with my dad (who was battling late stage lung cancer and who passed away a few months later) in Barcelona, hubs pulls out a Walton's ring box. I was floored. Flabbergasted. Speechless. (Well, I think I swore a little bit that doesn't count!) So here's a picture from Barcelona after that wonderful surprise. Thanks to your team (for being sneaky because the person who has the ring on hold when we went to look at it was... my husband) and endless love for my husband (who conspired with my dad about this whole thing)."

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Larry and Nicole

Congratulations to Larry and Nicole! The lovely couple were married this past year at a stunning venue in Chicago. We can't decide which we love more; her dress, the venue, the color palate or her fabulous Old European cut diamond engagement ring (we may be a bit bias towards her ring 😘)! We wish you two a lifetime of happiness together and are honored to be a part of your love story! 💕

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John and Erin

Congratulations to John and Erin! John proposed with a gorgeous ring he inherited from his family, adding a sentimental touch to their sweet beginning.  Before he popped the question, we were able to assist John in sizing the ring to fit Erin perfectly, as well as provide an appraisal for this beautiful piece.  We wish you two much happiness in your future as Mr. and Mrs.!

Tutt and Clarissa

Congratulations to Tutt and Clarissa! You must take a moment to read through their love story, as told by Clarissa below.  There are so many Franklin connections that it makes our hearts flutter! The last little bit of the story (read to the end!), means so much to us, and is one of the many reasons why we love what we do and the people we meet along the way. 

"Tutt and I were formally introduced at the 1st annual Pilgrimage Festival through mutual friends during the very last concert on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. (Willie Nelson).  Needless to say we were both were hooked at first sight!
 

Tutt and I both grew up in Franklin, TN, attended Battle Ground Academy and, after many separate paths and travels had moved back to the area.

After realizing this was the man of my dreams, Iwas struck one day by a Walton post of my now wedding ring.  I snuck into Walton's on a whim after seeing the ring that I could not get out of my head.  This ring reminded me of my mother's full wedding set, yet had its own very unique and everlasting twist.  I have never been a girl who knew what type of ring I wanted when I was married, but upon first sight of this ring, just like first meeting Tutt, I just knew it was meant to be forever.  I visited Walton's twice on my own (first time would not even touch the ring......but it lured me back and I knew it was the one).  My best friend hinted to Tutt about my secret adventure (without my knowledge) and Tutt went to Walton's twice as well, the first time on his own to look, the second, accompanied by his wonderful mother, to purchase the special ring.

Tutt proposed on the Friday of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National on April 8, 2016 on the 4th hole ("Flowering Crabapple"), which is my absolute favorite hole in golf and one of my favorite places in the world.  He patiently waited until all golfers had played the hole for the day and we were the only ones left in that area.  He got down on one knee and I am pretty sure I said Yes before he could finish his perfect speech.

Tutt and I were married on April 1, 2017 in Pawley's Island, South Carolina at the Heritage Club in a gorgeous outdoor setting on the creekside of the island.  We spent a week celebrating with close friends and family.  The wedding was absolute perfection and will be a day we reminisce about for years to come.  Our wedding date was exactly one year to the day that Tutt purchased the ring!

We were lucky enough to return to the Masters gold tournament the week after our wedding and returned to Hole 4, the place of our engagement, this time as husband and wife.

Although photos are not allowed to be taken on the Augusta National golf course, we did get one photo at their visiting site.  Here are a few photos of our wedding ceremony and of course, the exquisite and most special piece of jewelry in my life.....the Walton's ring.

I cannot express how much I adore and love my ring and how truly perfect it is as the symbol of our love and life together.  Tutt and I cannot thank all of the staff at Walton'senough for their help, love and support.  We will definitely be seeing you again in the future!! :)

As a very special side note, another piece of jewelry I wore at my wedding was my "borrowed" item from one of my cousins.  My cousin was given this piece of jewelry (an antique gold clasp bracelet lined with gorgeous emerald shaped amethyst) by my late grandfather, in honor of my grandmother, at her own wedding.  This bracelet was one of my late Grandmother's absolute favorite pieces of jewelry, which she had purchased years ago on a trip to visit us in Franklin......she purchased this precious piece at no other then Walton's.  I cannot begin to describe the emotional feeling of having this bracelet on during my special day.....she was truly right beside me through this piece."

Matthew and Rachel

Congratulations to Matthew and Rachel!

"Matthew and Rachel met eleven years ago in high school and fell in love pretty quickly thereafter. Their engagement story is simple, an early morning in their living room with a quick profession of love from Matthew and a quick 'YES' from Rachel in her pajamas. They celebrated with mimosas and Matthew's amazeballs French Toast, and then whisked away that same morning to a photo session with the lovely Erin McCall, a talented photographer who just happens to be a lifelong friend and honorary little sister of Rachel's."

We adore this couple and their engagement photos! (Rachel's shoes are so fabulous, very Carrie Bradshaw!) We wish them much happiness in their future together as Mr. and Mrs.!