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Picture It: Inspired Looks From the Golden Girls

The Golden Girls were ahead of their time in every way! From the subject matter to the guest stars to the fashion, Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, & Sophia were the hippest grandmas on the block!

The golden girls

There are so many reasons why the Golden Girls was both a critical and commercial success. The surprisingly progressive show, which earned 11 Emmys (out of almost 70 nominations), resonated with viewers because it always felt real and relatable.

Whether it was Sophia’s stories that reminded you of your grandmother, Dorothy’s exasperation at always being the responsible one, Blanche’s outlandish outfits and sexual escapades, or Rose’s Midwestern innocence; the Golden Girls were the grandmother, mother, sister, and friend everyone wanted.

Thank You For Being A Friend

The Golden Girls laughed together, cried together, annoyed each other, and most importantly, ate pound after pound of cheesecake. Everyone remembers the ladies gathered around that infamous table in the kitchen, eating late into the night, helping each other through their problems and learning lessons, with the help of each other and, of course, a nice rich cheesecake.

No matter how big the fights, no matter how serious the problem, there was always a cheesecake, and a story, there to guide the women to the right solution. What started as roommates, became deep friendships, and were ultimately, a family.

The golden girls around the table

Jewelry as timeless as Sophia’s stories, as individual as the characters, and that shines as bright as the actors:

“Let me tell you a story. Picture it, Sicily…” — Sophia

14K Rose Gold Cushion Halo Morganite And Diamond Necklace (6x6mm)

“We have Maalox and estrogen. How many junkies have gas and hot flashes?” — Dorothy

18K White Gold Diamond And Cultured South Sea Pearl Art Deco Drop Earrings (11-12 Mm)

“It’s like we say in St. Olaf: hergenbargenflergenflurfennerfen.” — Rose

14K White Gold Beaded Amethyst Necklace

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” — Blanche

Emmy Worthy

The show won 11 Emmys in its lifetime, in no small part to its progressive subject matter. The show tackled everything from ageism, medical gaslighting, addiction, LGBTQIA issues, and much much more! The show was not afraid to go there, which is why it still resonates with us today.

The actors and the show, rightly earned each Emmy and nomination. Almost 30 years since it went off the air, the Golden Girls continue to make us laugh, make us cry, and show us that no matter what life throws at you, you can get up and thrive.

Sophia showed us coming back stronger and more sarcastic than ever after her stroke, Dorothy finally found happiness after suffering a cheating husband for years, Blanche learned that she is more than just her sexiness, and Rose learned that she is not just a naive Midwestern mouse.

Emmy worthy - The golden girls

Shine as bright as Rue, Bea, Betty, and Estelle…and their Emmys, with these fabulous gold necklaces:

14K Yellow Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

“My mother used to say: the older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” — Rose

14K Yellow Gold Bead Dangle Necklace

“People waste their time pondering whether a glass is half empty or half full. Me, I just drink whatever’s in the glass.” — Sophia

14K Yellow Gold Triple Strand Puffed Heart Necklace

“Nobody ever believes me when I’m telling the truth. I guess it’s the curse of being a devastatingly beautiful woman” — Blanche

14K Yellow Gold Interlocking Rings Necklace

“[To Sophia] You’re a furry little gnome and we feed you too much.” — Dorothy

Who WERE The Golden Girls?

Each of the women was famous in their own right before coming to the groundbreaking program. Betty White, better known as the “First Lady of Television,” had her own show on NBC, appeared on numerous game shows, starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. An avid animal lover, White was married to longtime love Allen Ludden, for almost 20 years before his untimely death.

Bea Arthur won a Tony for her role in the Broadway musical Mame, had her own TV series: Maude, and made multiple appearances in TV shows, movies, roasts, and plays. Arthur embraced her role as an LGBTQIA icon and was long considered an LGBTQIA rights activist.

Rue McClanahan worked with Arthur on Maude; she also appeared on Mama’s Family, alongside White. Prior to her roles on television, McClanahan was a stage actress. McClanahan was also socially conscious and was an activist promoting animal rights and vegetarianism.

Estelle Getty was a stage actress for many years, gaining experience in the Yiddish theater and attempting standup in what was then-known as the borscht belt, before finally achieving success at age 62. Showing younger actors that success is always possible, and to never give up, Getty was a fighter both on and off the stage, working as an activist for LGBTQIA issues, AIDS causes, and senior issues.

Who were the golden girls?

In the picture above, each actor and character’s individual personality shine through.

Sophia’s trademark pearl earrings are a staple at any age:

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings (6.5-7.0mm)

“If this sauce was a person, I’d get naked and make love to it.” — Sophia

Dorothy’s emerald ring is strong and classic, just like her:

1.85 Carat Oval Natural Green Emerald Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” — Dorothy

Blanche’s Fuschia top with green jacket shows that having a sense of style is ageless:

14K Rose Gold Double Row Pavé Pink Sapphire Ring
14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring

“Isn’t it amazing how I can feel so bad, and still look so good?” — Blanche

Rose’s gold hoop earrings show that her Midwest innocence never got in the way of having Miami style:

14K Yellow Gold Entwined Hoop Earrings

“I hate to admit it, but he melts my Haagen-Dazs.” — Rose

Timeless Life Lessons from the Golden Girls

The Golden Girls were a group of women whose circumstances led them to be roommates, unlikely friends, and closer than family. They showed us there is nothing that a good cheesecake can’t fix.

The many lessons of the show continue through today; whether it’s Blanche’s confidence, Sophia’s honesty, Rose’s kindness, or Dorothy’s selflessness, the show, like the actors themselves, was ahead of its time. And of course, the women taught us that as you age, you only shine brighter.

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Picture It: Inspired Looks From the Golden Girls

Sarah Chin

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The Best Holiday Jewelry to Gift Yourself

We’ve got one question for you: Why wait? You know what you want, and you know why you deserve it. So gift yourself.

The Best Holiday Jewelry to Gift Yourself

The holiday season is rife with expectations, hopes for the perfect present, the perfect moment with family, the perfect break from the year-round grind. This holiday build-up is super common, but unfortunately, it’s often followed by a subsequent holiday disappointment. Our expectations can often get the better of us. 

Which begs the question: when it comes to your dream end-of-the-year reward, why should you have to cross your fingers and hope?

Our thoughts at James Allen are- go ahead and get it for yourself! 

If you’ve had a big year, a difficult year, an achievement-filled year, or a year with a bit of extra cash waiting at the finish line – gift yourself! Buy yourself the jewelry holiday present you’ve been jonesing after the one on your Pinterest board, the one that keeps popping up in your Instagram ads, which one? That one. 

Would you just love a pair of diamond studs? Or a glittering tennis bracelet? Go for it. It’s yours. 

We’ve arranged a selection of our most popular pieces. They’re divided into 3 categories, depending on how much you want to spend to treat yourself: quick bite, solid purchase, and splurge. 

Quick Bite

These bite-sized, petite fine jewelry pieces are ideal treats that you can enjoy daily. Their minimalistic designs go with nearly anything that you can throw at them. Wear them with any color clothing, stack them, wear them to a meeting or to a bar. 

Say YES Stud Earrings

These 14k gold earrings will help you remember to say yes to yourself. Why yes, they are magnificent!

Yellow Gold Beaded Row Ring

This is the absolutely perfect, everyday stacking ring.
Elegant detail? Check. 
Simple but not-too-simple design? Check.
Petite yet stunning? Check.

Mini Infinity Necklace

This necklace will be with you forever and ever! You’ll love showing off this simple, 14k gold infinity symbol that hangs gracefully from a 16-inch chain.

Mini Initial Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial Bracelet

Whatever your name is, we’ve got initial bracelets for you! Wear one, match a few for your initials, or spell your entire name! How do you want to celebrate yourself? Wear one for a sweet piece, or stack them to create your unique set.

Solid Purchase

1-Inch Ruby Hoop Earrings

In these lovely bright gemstone earrings, 34 petite red rubies are set in white gold. No ruby goes to waste: these “inside-out” earrings are set with rubies such that all of them “point forward” and none of their shine goes to waste.

Ruby & Diamond Royal Bangle

This rose gold bangle is asymmetrically studded with marquise-shaped rubies and dozens of delicate accent diamonds. Wear this if you really want to up your outfit with the gemstone embodiment of a smoldering side-eye.

Sapphire Cluster Necklace

A flurry of cool-colored gemstones flocks together in a rose gold setting in this unique pendant necklace. 

Zodiac Sign Signet Ring

Treat yourself with a personalized piece of jewelry! Delight in your zodiac sign by wearing it on a gorgeous, 14k yellow gold signet ring.

Splurge

Lab-Created Diamond
Tennis Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

CLASSIC. Just, simply, a whole lot of high-quality diamonds set in white gold. The white gold four-prong setting enhances the shine of the 49 sparkling diamonds.

Kite-Set Diamond
Pendant Necklace

A kite setting bears a striking resemblance to a navigational compass rose – and with this diamond necklace, you’ll always find your way back to yourself. Pick the diamond or gemstone, that most delights you, and have it specially mounted in the metal of your choice.

Princess-Cut Diamond
Stud Earrings

Two high-clarity princess-cut diamonds shine in these yellow gold stud earrings. The open-sided, double-leveled setting ensures that the maximum amount of light will strike the two diamonds’ many facets and produce immense sparkle.

Fishtail Diamond
Eternity Ring

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Eternity Ring

This luxe rose gold eternity ring is embedded all around with diamonds weighing 0.5, 1, 1.5, or 2-carats. The crescendoing fishtail setting elegantly displays the dozens of diamonds that line this ring’s entire circumference.

Treat Yourself to A Summary

Here’s a rule for the holiday season that you can take with you into the new year: Gift Yourself! Gift-giving among friends is nice and all that, but it’s truly gratifying to dream up and buy yourself a perfectly glittering present – no wait required!

Not only do you deserve it; you also deserve to celebrate yourself. It might be your favorite new tradition: wrap up a present for yourself at JamesAllen.com today!

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