Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 2, 2008
Radiance Fine Jewelry and SWWAN (Single Working Women's Affiliate Network) today announce their partnership to help rising numbers of single and divorced women feel empowered to buy their own jewelry--and get a nice discount on jewelry repair services.
The number of single working women is rising consistently. Recent Census Bureau numbers show 54 percent of the 92 million unmarried Americans over age 18 are women--divorced, widowed, or never married. And because women still make, in general, only about 70 percent of what men are paid for the same work, SWWAN is in the process of building an AARP-style program throughout Chicago in which members receive not only discounts but also proven trusted service from a select group of vendors.
Radiance Fine Jewelry is one of the founding partners in the SWWAN vendor program.
"The idea that single women should sit around and wait for someone else to buy them beautiful jewelry is ridiculous," said Rebecca Gutermuth, owner of Radiance Fine Jewelry, 2139 N. Damen Ave. in Chicago. She notes that many SWWAN members are in the same audience she targets--35 to 55, single, working women. "No reason these women have to wait for Romeo to sweep them off their feet. I'm excited to welcome a whole new group of women to the joy of owning fine jewelry and one-of-a-kind designer pieces."
Ms. Gutermuth is a triumphant example of what it can mean to be a single working woman today. She started her business, Radiance Fine Jewelry, just two years ago in 2006. "I had to fight for a bank to give me the loan because I was a single woman," she said. Today, her store is one of the anchor businesses at the northern end of Chicago's Bucktown shopping district.
SWWAN members receive a permanent 25% off any fine jewelry repair (excluding watches). Other services include ring sizing, repairs for chains, earring backs, and clasps, re-plating white gold pieces, etc. The store carries a number of lines of unique designer jewelry (http://www.radiancefinejewelry.com/designers.html) and regularly screens new designers.
"Radiance Fine Jewelry has been with us from the beginning," said Barbara Payne, founder and chairman of SWWAN. "Rebecca shares our passion for empowering single women and enhancing the single lifestyle. And we are delighted to announce this partnership in time to give SWWANs some new Christmas, holiday and Valentine's Day gift ideas--for others and for themselves!"
SWWAN approved vendors include retail business services, groceries, hardware, dry cleaning, repair services, auto mechanics, and so on. Each vendor offers something special to SWWAN members--special discounts, extra services, guaranteed good service, and other needs. Other vendor offers have included free oil changes and inspections from a local auto service company; discounts on grocery deliveries; a free week's health club membership; and discounts on website services.
"Our vendors are building visibility among a new target audience of potential customers," said Ms. Payne. "The discounts and special services are a great way to attract new customers from among the growing population of busy single moms and single working women."
About Radiance Fine Jewelry (http://www.radiancefinejewelry.com/)
Radiance Fine Jewelry, founded in 2006, is dedicated to providing the finest jewelry and jewelry repair services in the market today. They carry several top-name designer brands including Mark Patterson, Fana, Galatea, and more. They offer expert assistance in choosing gems and settings and plan to expand their bridal selection for 2009. Most repairs can be completed within a week, often less. For more information and to see the full line of designer jewelry, visit http://www.radiancefinejewelry.com.
About SWWAN (http://www.swwan.org/):
Founded in 2006, SWWAN is dedicated to promoting the good health of all single working women by providing them a place to connect with each other, by finding and sharing worthwhile resources, by negotiating discounts and deals on necessary products and services, and by supporting research and policy to ensure that single women have equal opportunities as well as a fair voice in the workplace. SWWAN also hosts the SWWAN Dive Internet radio show and publishes the SWWAN blog. For more information, visit http://www.swwan.org/.
For additional information on Single Working Women's Week and SWWAN, visit http://www.swwan.org.
Next Single Working Women's Week- August 2 to August 8, 2009.