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)  

 

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Don and Keshia

Congratulations to Don and Keshia!

“We got engaged on August 31, 2019 (her birthday) after a day filled of doing our favorite Middle Tennessee activities. She was shocked and had absolutely no idea. She absolutely loves the ring and thinks it is the most beautiful ring she has ever laid eyes on (I agree!). The first photo of us, is about 3 minutes before I “popped the question” and prior to the tears of joy. The second is a candid photo we took at the Preds game. We were sitting there, first game of the year, and we both just looked down at her hand and started talking about the ring, wedding planning, etc. All that to say, thank you so much for playing a massive part in our life. We could not be more thankful.”

Their love and happiness shines through them both - we consider ourselves lucky to witness it and be a part of their journey!

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Cole and Rachel

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Congratulations to Cole and Rachel! We are beyond lucky to work with such fabulous people and are always honored to be a part of their love story! Read their sweet proposal below as told by Rachel:

“We are so thankful that you got to be a part of our engagement.  We couldn’t be happier.  I adore my ring and I’m so happy we got it from you.  Best day ever woohoo!!

Cole proposed by the lake at Centennial Park. It was gorgeous.  As we walked through the park he reminded me of the first time he saw me.  I was going with his younger sister (one of my friends) to an art event at the park and her parents were in town so they joined and they ended up seeing if Cole wanted to tag along.  At the end of the day his mom said if he didn’t ask me out it would be one of his biggest mistakes. A month or so later on our third date we came back to the park and watched a movie on the lawn. Leading up to the proposal, we approached the lake where he pulled me to the side and proposed.  We were immediately joined by our families to celebrate.”

Photography by Chloe Wen.

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Colm and Caitriona

Congratulations to Colm and Caitriona! Colm inherited a beautiful diamond ring from his family to give to his girlfriend, Caitriona. He came to Walton’s to have us do a couple repairs and to size the ring to fit her just right! You must take a moment to read their engagement story as told by Colm:

“She said yes and I feel so blessed right now, truly blessed. 

I flew home for our first Valentines together and also a plan to propose but as life would have it we both took the same gastro stomach bug which has apparently been going around...it was nasty... we spent Valentines taking turns running to the bathroom where it seems our bodies were intent on ridding themselves of all bodily fluids from every which direction possible (not pretty) but we both laughed that night and looked at each other saying “no one I’d rather be this sick with”, “plus doesn’t get any worse or less pretty than this” lol... I actually think it’s a cool funny first Valentines story now. 

My plans dashed to propose on St Valentines Day I now surrendered it to God unsure of how to ask in a way that felt fitting of us both that felt beautiful, authentic and intimate. Today in my hometown of Omagh we went for a drive into the country side and I took Caitriona to visit the old ‘Mass Rock’ in the mountains by where I grew up. Nobody knows this but it’s a private place I would often go on my own to pray. Back in penal times of Ireland’s history people would have to celebrate Mass at these sacred hidden locations here they would celebrate the sacraments at risk of being caught and killed for their faith, I’ve always felt a pride and spiritual connection up there thinking of ancestors past and their dedication to the faith risking their very lives to worship God and participate in the sacraments including marriage. Standing there with Caitriona and explaining its history I became overwhelmed with love and there at the foot of the massive life size wooden crucifix I got down on one knee and asked Caitriona to marry me surrounded by the beautiful Irish mountains and quite a few sheep lol.. no seriously they where everywhere watching on! 

It was so beautiful and we both laughed and we both cried tears of joy and thanksgiving... she said yes!

The Holy Spirit guided me and answered my prayer and it was perfect, a memory we’ll never forget. She said yes and I feel so blessed.”

We are incredibly happy for you both and are honored to be a part of your love story!

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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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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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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.!

Randy and Jamison

Congratulations to Randy and Jamison! It's wonderful people, like these two, that make what we do so much fun! Thank you both for the kind words and for sharing your gorgeous engagement photos with us! We can't wait to see wedding photos come September! 

"I have always known that I would get my ring from Walton's. My mom looked there for her ring and still to this day talks about the most beautiful diamond she found there and my Mom's sister married a Walton. When I met Randy, I realized that his best friends were Jack and Chloe Walton. When it came time for us to get engaged, we only looked one place. We were both awkward and nervous, but everyone made us feel at ease. We only looked once together and the rest was left in Randy's hands with the help of the amazing staff at Walton's. When he proposed, my ring was everything that I had ever wanted and more. We can't wait to get married in September."

Photography by: John Bamber Photography

Bradley and Jennifer

Congratulations to Bradley and Jennifer! The lovely pair were recently married in beautiful Colorado, read their engagement story as told by Bradley below:

"We lived in Nashville for only a year. Jenn's job had brought us there, as well as other places across the county. She was getting a job promotion and moving us to Montana. While she was in Texas for training, her mother was in Nashville helping us pack. While her mother and I were out walking the dog, I asked her if she would like to pick out an engagement ring for Jenn. She was so happy that I was going to ask her to marry me. We went to a few stores, but really didn't know what I wanted. She is a one of a kind girl and I didn't want a massed produced ring. I came across Walton's online and decide to take a look. We headed there on a day you were closed, I think it was a Monday. Through the window, we knew we wanted to come back. Came back the next day and within 10 minutes we were walking out with the ring. I proposed on the road trip from Nashville to Montana at our family's cabin. I first threw her a ring pop and said I bought her a ring. After she laughed at me I got down on a knee with the Walton's ring. She never said yes. She said, "Of course". We got married in October in Colorado. It has been a great start to a great marriage. She get compliments on the ring nonstop. Thank you Walton's."

We wish you both much happiness together and look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Nashville! 

Brandon and Jocelyn

Congratulations to Brandon and Jocelyn! The pair were married in a gorgeous, intimate ceremony with friends and family in Nenagh, Co, Tipperary Ireland this past May. From her light blue gown, to the incredible scenery, we could not be more in awe of their special day! "Love, life, happiness. May your troubles be few and your blessings be plenty."

Photography courtesy of photographer and couple's friend, Stephen H. Dillon.

Nick and Courtney

Nothing makes our hearts flutter more than something beautiful and old (I mean, we are in the antique jewelry business after all!). Our hearts skipped a beat when Courtney sent us pictures of her and Nick's wedding day! The two got married in Courtney's hometown of Sharonville, OH. Her 1920's engagement ring paired perfectly with her wedding dress, the same dress that her mom wore in 1961!! Congratulations to Courtney and Nick!!!

Ben and Leanne

Holy Moly! We are in awe of this breathtaking Norway cliff side proposal! She may have had to work to for the ring (after a long hike!), but we think it was well worth it! Congratulations to Ben and Leanne!

"The hike was an epic ending to a 10 day adventure vacation through multiple scenic spots in Norway. The ledge that we're standing on is referred to as Trolltunga, (the troll's tongue). The hike is 13.7 miles round trip, very strenuous but truly breathtaking. We hiked through mud, streams, snow, steep and slippery rocks, up and down, again and again to reach this spot. Ben had shared his intentions with my mother who was on the trip with us, and I think that gave her the extra bit of motivation and encouragement to make it to the top as well! Since my mom was with us, she was able to take shots for us while we were on the ledge and captured this incredibly special moment. As a humorous side note, when Ben first dropped to his knee he struggled for several seconds to get the ring out of his pocket... It was sort of stuck but the last thing he wanted to do was pull too aggressively and fling the ring right off the mountain! Lol. He did eventually get the ring safely from his pocket and ask me to be his wife to which I of course replied, YES!!!!"

Justin and Rhiannon

Congratulations to Rhiannon and Justin! We absolutely love hearing our couple's proposal stories, especially when we get to see the sheer excitement and surprise on their faces! Read the sweet proposal story, from Rhiannon, below:

"Justin did an amazing job keeping his big plans a secret for two months! The day of my pharmacy school graduation I was completely in the dark heading to what started out as a celebration for finally finishing school. Even though it was a warm day in May, Justin got dressed in navy khakis saying It’s fine I want to wear this today, shocking to me the man who always wants to have on basketball shorts, but I remained oblivious. The party went on as scheduled and when my dad went to make a toast he surprisingly handed it over to Justin to thank the crowd for celebrating with us. He is not a big talker, so for a split second I thought maybe something big is about to happen. He thanked our friends and family, told me how proud he was (here I thought of maybe), but when he turned and gave an early happy mothers day to all the moms and raised his glass I said to myself whip that weird face off! As he cheered, he calms everyone down and says wait there’s one more thing I need to do. He walked over and reached in that back pocket and before I knew it was down one knee! He kept asking me if I was ok because I was apparently bawling :) I finally calmed down enough to even see that beautiful Walton’s box and the perfect ring!"

Brandon and Jocelyn

Congratulations to Brandon and Jocelyn! We couldn't resist sharing their entire story (as told by Jocelyn), one that is sure to make you smile! (We may have gotten a little teary eyed, too!) Read about their perfect engagement below!

"October marked our 2 year dating anniversary, and even though we had started talking about getting married, I had no idea what kind of ring I would want. *Honestly, the man could have tied a piece of clover on my hand, and I would have said yes, but SHHHHH! I followed Walton's on Instagram (who doesn't???), and when I saw post of the Art Deco ring attached, I don't think I breathed for several minutes… it was the most beautiful combination of metal and stone I had ever seen! Can a ring speak to you? Because this one was screaming my name… And the sapphires just sealed the deal because I am obsessed, OBSESSED with the color blue! I showed it to Brandon saying that "IF" I were to get a ring "IF" he were ever to consider proposing that THIS was what I liked… or something like it, because I just knew it wouldn't last long, and I didn't expect him to go track down another 1920's masterpiece if it didn't. He smiled and said he would keep it in mind, and that's really where we left it…

For my birthday in January he gave me a gorgeous old watch chain necklace from Walton's. While I was "ooooing" and "ahhhing" over that, he casually mentioned that he had looked for the ring with the blue that I liked, and it had already been sold. My heart sank a little just knowing that it now belonged to someone else, whoever that luck dog might be… and for the months following I still broke out my phone to stare at and show friends the Instagram picture of "the ring that got away." But I had KNOWN it wouldn't last, and so I resolved to move on and be happy for whoever that ring got to live with next.

March 29th was a beautiful, sunny day, so when Brandon casually asked if I wanted to take our two horses to Percy Warner Park for a trail ride, I thought nothing special of it. We love to trail ride together as often as possible, so we loaded up and set off cheerfully… until Brandon refused to stop for coffee for me and I then pouted the rest of the way to the park… I shaped up as we were tacking up, THANK GOODNESS! 
Anyway, to wrap it up, we actually didn't get to do much of a ride, because as we got up to the field by the steeplechase boxes, Brandon hopped off of his horse, handed me the reins, and busted out a box that held THE RING! MY RING! AND THEN I said YES! And I cried! Our photographer friend, Dustin Plumber, popped out of the woods and started snapping away! The horses somehow didn't freak out and RUN away! The whole event was blessed. From there we went back to my grandparent's house in Brentwood to celebrate with family and friends.

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