Not all local jewelry stores use (loud) radio ads touting diamond bonanzas at ROCK BOTTOM PRICES! From beautiful, vintage, splurge-worthy jewelry to edgy, artisan and everything in between, here are five fabulous local places to buy jewelry.
1. Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry
410 Main St., Franklin • Waltonsjewelry.com
While Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry is famous for vintage engagement rings (while I was in the store, two couples came in looking for their “I do” rings), they also have an amazing selection of jewelry that doesn’t require a trip down the matrimonial aisle.
“Engagement rings became popular around the turn of the century,” says Julie Walton, whose grandmother opened the store 40 years ago. “We specialize in Art Deco rings, one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. But we have many other beautiful pieces.”
While starry-eyed lovers frequent the store, Walton’s also offers beautiful pieces that are right hand-worthy.
An antique piece of jewelry that has the history and romance of a beautiful work of art? That is the accessory that adds a touch of old school elegance every time you wear it, according to Walton, who says vintage-style jewelry is wildly popular with all ages.
2. Johnnie Q
317 Main St., Franklin • JohnnieQ.net
Imagine a sexy gangster moll circa 1930 meeting a modern rocker-chic chick, and you have the vibe of one of the best-kept secrets in retail. Johnnie Q is the perfect mix of romance and rock, with owner Brooklyn Bird at the helm. Bird curates the store’s jewelry with an eye toward the music A-list that shops the store (her pieces are often seen on the red carpet) and the soccer mom who wants a statement piece to elevate jeans and a tee.
Romance-meets-rocker is the hallmark of the goods at Johnnie Q.
A little rocker love is part of the Johnnie Q merchandise mix.
3. Stacey Rhodes Boutique
144 Franklin Road, Brentwood • staceyrhodesboutique.com
Stacey Rhodes Boutique lands on the list not because she offers tons of jewelry, but because every single piece of jewelry she does offer is exceptional. And it figures, since owner Stacey Rhodes was once a jewelry designer and is “obsessed” (her word) with the artists who create the jewelry in her store.
Rhodes personally knows every artist and designer who sells their jewelry in her store — she hosts trunk shows for burgeoning designers nearly every month — and says her customers want artisan jewelry with an edge.
Rhodes is such a fan of every designer she stocks that she frequently invites them to come to Tennessee and host trunk shows at her store.
Rhodes taps local designer Robin Haley as one of the artisan jewelers she sells at her Brentwood store.
130 Wilson Pike Circle, Brentwood • vignettebrentwoodtn.com
Vignette is one of those rare retailers that appeals to college-age women, their mothers and even grandmothers. The words “delicate,” “elegant” and “unique” all come to mind when describing this Brentwood hot spot. The store also has a near-magical ability to offer beautiful jewelry (along with clothing and home décor accessories) at a wonderful range of price points.
Vignette owner Lisa McHugh works to keep the jewelry mix eclectic and on-trend.
Offering a variety of price points makes Vignette a great option for gifts.
407 Main St., Franklin • jondie.com
Rebecca Brown is both the owner and designer at Jondie, located in downtown Franklin. She curates clothing and accessories for the boutique, and designs her own line of fabulous jewelry, Mimi and Dottie. She upcycles, using vintage items in a fresh, new way, and as such, she enjoys a cult following.
Jondie is full of great accessories, but the star of the store is the line Mimi and Dottie with a repurposed vintage theme.