Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry began almost 50 years ago by Melba Walton, an entrepreneur who had a sincere passion for antique jewelry. Before having a storefront of her own, she would sell jewelry on the hood of her car at flea markets, oftentimes set up right next to people selling chickens! When she decided to open her first brick and mortar location during a time when women were not able to get a loan on their own, she had her husband, Jack, cosign in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a business owner. Melba persevered, opening Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry in 1974 in our original location in Carter’s Court - the premier Downtown Franklin shopping destination at the time. In 1982, she decided to invest in the future, purchasing our current building at 410 Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
Michael, Melba’s youngest son, joined the family business in 1980. He received his Graduate Gemology degree to become the resident jewelry appraiser. He also took courses and put in hundreds of hours to become our resident jeweler. For many years, Mike handled almost every aspect of day-to-day operations. His passion, knowledge and genuine, honest character helped to grow Walton’s into the jewelry store it is today.
In 2012, Julie, Mike’s oldest daughter and Melba’s granddaughter, joined the family business. She pursued her Graduate Gemology degree and also began making her mark by establishing a strong online presence for Walton’s. She launched our first website and grew our Facebook and Instagram following, allowing us to connect with our customers in a whole new way. In 2017, she launched Walton’s online store, giving our customers the opportunity to shop with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week from all across the country!
Pictured: Mike Walton and his daughter, Julie Walton Garland
In 2017, Julie was selected as one of eleven business owners from across the country to become a Member of the Facebook Small Business Council. She is also a Founding Member of the Facebook Leaders Network. This incredible partnership with Facebook has opened up a world of possibilities and opportunities for Walton’s. Learn more about the council here and watch the Facebook produced video of the Walton’s story below.
Walton's has been locally owned and operated in Franklin, Tennessee since 1974. Giving back to the communities that support us has always been a part of who we are. Our philanthropic efforts are supported by our customers and our team, who play a critical role in our community giving. We're proud to support the following organizations:
Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates
The National CASA/GAL Association, together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.
Williamson County Animal Center
Williamson County Animal Control's mission is making Williamson County Tennessee better for animals through adoption, education, enforcement and pet population control.
Saddle Up!’s mission is to provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.
Founded in 1999, Harpeth Conservancy’s vision is clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee championed by the people who live here.