Ernest Walker Sr. first learned the craft of jewelry making in 1979 from Gharbi Souilli, one of the master jewelers for the Shah of Iran. His passion for the craft left a deep impression in Mr. Walker, who would then go on to found his own business making jewelry in his own unique style. He has since worked to refine the art and pass it on to his son, Ernest Walker, Jr.
Ernest "EJ" Walker Jr grew up in the workshop of his father, learning from an early age the art of metalsmithing and fine jewelry. EJ went on to learn in the Diamond District of Chicago from jewelers of many backgrounds, from the streets of Mexico City, the beaches of Jamaica, and the artisans of Lebanon, with centuries of passed down knowledge. Finally in 2013, he and his father Ernest Sr. decided to opened up Walker and Son Inc, growing the store into the premier custom jewelry store in Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond Caldwell began apprenticing in 2015 at Walker and Son learning under EJ Walker. Since then he has become a part of the family and works as the in-house gemstone consultant, metalurgist and specializes in ancient casting techniques and historical jewelrymaking.