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Pale Fish

Newark, New Jersey | 4409 Sales

palefishny

Pale Fish

Newark, New Jersey 4409 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner ✤My store will be closed starting on April 17th and will reopen on May 30th. I am visiting my family in Korea and then taking a "real" vacation shortly after the return :) If you place your order before the 17th, I will ship it before my departure.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.

✤ You can still contact me through Etsy conversation. However, it may take time to respond to you. I will be checking my Etsy store periodically and will respond as quickly as I can.

Thank you so much for checking my store!
Soo

✤ Here is a little bit about me:) Thank you so much Etsy for featuring my shop on The Etsy Blog!!!
https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/featured-shop-pale-fish-ny/

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2019

✤My store will be closed starting on April 17th and will reopen on May 30th. I am visiting my family in Korea and then taking a "real" vacation shortly after the return :) If you place your order before the 17th, I will ship it before my departure.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.

✤ You can still contact me through Etsy conversation. However, it may take time to respond to you. I will be checking my Etsy store periodically and will respond as quickly as I can.

Thank you so much for checking my store!
Soo

✤ Here is a little bit about me:) Thank you so much Etsy for featuring my shop on The Etsy Blog!!!
https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/featured-shop-pale-fish-ny/

Soo

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Soo

About

A journey from Korea, New York, New Orleans, Ithaca and now Newark...

This is my story I wrote (... well, with the help of my husband) for "Featured Shop" on The Etsy Blog:

Hello. My actual name is Yeonsoo but ever since I have lived in the United States I have gone by Soo. I was born and raised in South Korea. I studied textiles as well as furniture design in Seoul and New York City respectively. I worked in New York City for many years as a furniture and interior designer where I met my architect husband. We eventually moved to my husband’s native New Orleans and I opened my Etsy store called Pale Fish. My brother came up with that name years ago when he came to visit me in New York and found himself helping me with an all nighter charrette for a deadline. He told me I was like a pale fish, pale for having not seen the sun for days. The fish part can be explained by a Korean expression that literally translates as “a fish that met water.” It refers to a fish that is in water is most comfortable, the opposite of the English expression “fish out of water.” My brother, while poking fun at my predicament, was telling me that I was good at what I was doing. I loved the name and it stuck.

I knew I always wanted to design jewelry. In Korea, when two people get engaged, both families exchange a suitcase full of jewelry pieces as a part of the wedding gifts, almost like a dowry only less compulsory. Mothers often start assembling the pieces of jewelry or gemstones for the future wedding gifts as early as the kids' teen years. My mother proudly showed my siblings and me the diamonds for our future husbands and wife's wedding bands when we were 9 or 10. My sister and I tried on all my mom’s and my young brother’s future wife’s jewelry and acted out our favorite princess fairytales. I felt my mother’s love and care every time I put them on because to me they represented her planning for my future life and happiness. My mother also had jeweler friends who made my own design pieces. It was such a wonderful feeling to see and wear my own designs. However it wasn’t until years later when I was introduced to Etsy.

When I look forward, I first think back to the afternoons spent with my sister in my mother’s jewelry box. I aspire to create pieces that mothers can pass down to their children and that will have a story that starts from my hands and continues on through their lives. My goal is timelessness.

I started my second Etsy store with my dear friend Mayumi, my classmate from Parsons Design School, to create more whimsical and fun items to explore another way of making jewelry. I have so many new ideas that I have to work extra hard to post them for everyone to see!! I am very excited nonetheless about all these different stores and directions. I hope you enjoy our shops!!

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  • Soo

    Owner, Everything!

    I am from S.Korea. I went to Parson's design school in NYC and lived there for many years until I met my husband Jason. We moved to his hometown, New Orleans and started Etsy store. After many moves, we settled in Newark, NJ. Our journey continues!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 12, 2019
Welcome to Pale Fish.
I hope you enjoy my creations for years to come.

I use recycled metals when possible from highly reputable vendors to ensure the quality.

Here are some of the genuine stones I carry. Please, contact me if you are looking for specific stones.

BIRTHSTONE LIST:

Jan- Garnet (Rhodolite raspberry garnet, Almandine red garnet, Rose cut, Round cabochon, Faceted cut )

Feb- Amethyst (Rose cut, Round cabochon or Faceted cut)

Mar- Aquamarine (Round cabochon or Faceted cut)

Apr- Diamond (3.5mm, Rose cut or Faceted cut), White Topaz (Rose cut or Faceted cut) Gray Diamond (Rose cut), Blue Diamond (Rose cut)

May- Emerald (Round cabochon or Faceted cut), Chrysoprase (Round cabochon)

Jun- Pearl (Hald round), Rainbow Moonstone (Rose cut or Faceted cut), Alexandrite (Faceted cut)

Jul- Ruby (Round cabochon or Faceted cut)

Aug- Peridot (Rose cut, Round cabochon or Faceted cut)

Sep- Blue Sapphire (round cabochon or faceted cut), Green Sapphire (faceted cut)

Oct- Opal (Round cabochon), Pink Tourmaline (Round cabochon or faceted cut)

Nov- Citrine (Round cabochon, Rose cut or Faceted cut)

Dec- Turquoise (Round cabochon), Tanzanite (Round cabochon or Faceted cut), Blue Zircon (Faceted Cut), London blue topaz (Rose cut or Faceted cut)

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
*If you are unhappy with your purchase in any way please contact me within 7 days. I will do my best to address the issue with you.
Except for made-to-order and custom items, I will gladly exchange your item or give you a full refund of the purchase price. Since personalized items for the purchaser cannot be resold after they are made, I cannot accept them for a refund. Frankly, I am a small, one person operated Etsy seller. All items are handmade by me and it cost me many hours of hard efforts and materials to create your order (not to mention, the many hours of communication time which is not included in the price of an item). I hope that you understand that I cannot pay for your order.

*Unfortunately I cannot refund shipping charges.
After I receive the item/items in the same condition as I sent to you, I will gladly issue a refund or balance back to you.
*If you are unhappy with your purchase in any way please contact me within 7 days. I will do my best to address the issue with you.
Except for made-to-order and custom items, I will gladly exchange your item or give you a full refund of the purchase price. Since personalized items for the purchaser cannot be resold after they are made, I cannot accept them for a refund. Frankly, I am a small, one person operated Etsy seller. All items are handmade by me and it cost me many hours of hard efforts and materials to create your order (not to mention, the many hours of communication time which is not included in the price of an item). I hope that you understand that I cannot pay for your order.

*Unfortunately I cannot refund shipping charges.
After I receive the item/items in the same condition as I sent to you, I will gladly issue a refund or balance back to you.

*If you send your items back to me, please, put them in the original packaging via a trackable courier. I can NOT be responsible for lost or damaged items in transit. So PLEASE, make sure to get insurance for item's safe arrival if you don't want to take a chance. Again, I do not take responsibility for lost orders.

*Please contact me ANYTIME if you have defective items caused by its failing craftsmanship. I will do whatever I can do to fix the problem for you.

*Please note that BUYER is responsible for the cost of return shipping unless it was wrong or badly made items.
Payment
*I accept all major credit cards through Etsy and PayPal payment.

*If you want payment plan for over $400 purchase, please, contact me.
50% deposit (none refundable for custom items) is required for me to start on production.

*6.625% sales tax will be applied to NJ State residents.
Shipping
>Please, check my storefront for the up-to-date turn around time for custom orders.

>All items are shipped via insured USPS mail services.
I can ship your order via alternative methods by request, however, there will be an extra handling fee.

>Please, check my storefront for the up-to-date turn around time for custom orders.

>All items are shipped via insured USPS mail services.
I can ship your order via alternative methods by request, however, there will be an extra handling fee.

>All items are in an elegant recycled paper gift box ready for special occasions.
If you need nicer and more former gift box to impress someone for an occasion this ring box will do the job:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194794450/for-pale-fish-ny-customers-only-ring-box?ref=shop_home_active_4

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*DOMESTIC ORDERS:

you can choose to upgrade your shipping method when you check out. Some of the high-value ones are shipped via Express mail as a default to ensure the safe arrival. I can add signature confirmation service by request. Otherwise, the package will be left at the door.

1. First Class (estimated 2-5 day delivery time) w/ tracking number & insurance
2. Priority (estimated 1-3 days) w/ tracking number & insurance
3. Express (estimated 1-2 days, NOT always next day delivery) w/ tracking number & insurance

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*INTERNATIONaL ORDERS:

>IMPORTANT: The delivery times shown below are all ESTIMATED time. There is NO guaranty service provided by USPS (or not even with FedEX, UPS, DHL for that matter) due to the uncertain customs clearance process.

>The customer is responsible for any customs or duties taxes on the order. Below is the link to the import duty calculator:
https://www.simplyduty.com/import-calculator/

1. First Class (estimated 10-15 business day delivery time + Custom holding time) w/ insurance. Tracking service is only available in ***13 countries shown at the bottom. Other countries will only have custom label number and track only within the US.

2. Priority Flat Rate (estimated 6-10 business day delivery time + Custom holding time) w/ insurance. Tracking service is only available in ***13 countries shown at the bottom. Other countries will only have custom label number and you have tracking info only within the US.
An order of over $400 value cannot be shipped via Flat rate Priority. It has to be either regular priority or express service.

3. Express Flat Rate (estimated 3-5 business days+ Custom holding time) w/ Tracking & Insurance

***Except 13 countries listed below, there is NO tracking service available for first class and Priority FLAT RATE mail service. You will be provided with a custom label number which will allow you to track your package only WITHIN the US:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada (which was previously available), Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, & Switzerland

>After the package leaves the US or while the package is in your country's customs, the USPS tracking will show as "Depart USPS Sort Facility" or "Processed Through Sort Facility" which means it is either in transit to you, or is being processed at your country's customs. Expect 2-5 weeks transit time for international delivery. You can put an inquiry in at your custom's office to speed up the process if it's been more than three weeks.

>Regarding First class mail, some unknown reason, it may take up to 20- 45 business days (4 weeks- 9weeks) due to the custom holding time.

>Legally I must include the price that you paid and the shipping system I use automatically enters that amount. It is the part of the Etsy's shipping system. Therefore, I cannot mark the item as a gift. It is illegal.
Additional policies and FAQs
✤ RING SIZE:

Please, make sure to provide the correct ring size when placing your order. I would understand a slight difference but cannot be responsible for such a large disparity.

Weirdly, there is no universal standard for ring size measuring tools and getting the correct measurement can be tricky. Each finger shape is as unique as you so it could be hard to get an accurate size. Also, the weather or time of the day can make some difference on your finger size as well due to swelling.
✤ RING SIZE:

Please, make sure to provide the correct ring size when placing your order. I would understand a slight difference but cannot be responsible for such a large disparity.

Weirdly, there is no universal standard for ring size measuring tools and getting the correct measurement can be tricky. Each finger shape is as unique as you so it could be hard to get an accurate size. Also, the weather or time of the day can make some difference on your finger size as well due to swelling.

✣Options
1. I highly recommend checking your ring size with SEVERAL local jewelers.

2. DIY ring size measuring tips:

It's not rocket science but it can get tricky even with the professional jeweler's help because of the many variables… finger shape, body type, weather, lifestyle, un-unified ring measuring tools, methods and conversion charts… etc.

So after many years of experience, here are the tips and the DIY method I came up with for my customer:

Tip1.
I would recommend measuring the size as many times as you possibly can with different methods.
In the morning, at night, after a heavy meal, on a humid day vs. dry weather, etc... depending on your body type, you may see up to a full-size difference in these occasions. It will help you to select the most ideal size for you. This is important for the wider rings. The wider the band's width is more room you would need to add to the size.

Tip 2.
If possible, I would also suggest to send me pictures of your fingers with the measuring tools you are using. It will help me understand the dimensions of the tool you are using (width, thickness) and your finger shape.

DIY method 1.

1. Use a string to measure the ring size. Wrap it around the finger whose size is required/ preferred. (Take two sizes of the finger one at the bottom and other on the knuckle. Please, let me know what type of string you used. If it has a thickness, I have to make a note of that.

2. Mark one with Red-colored pen and other with green to the string. Use thin tip sharpie will help to get the exact line.

3. Measure the marks with a ruler in mm or cm. It is more precise.

4. If the green colored size (Knuckle) is much bigger than the red, please, mention it to me and give me both sizes. Depending on the width of the ring, I may have to take the largest size or if it is a narrow ring, I have to make it in-between sizes.

5. This will be your ring size with a string.

After this, you can try it with a paper strip similar to the actual ring's widths.
You can take the same steps as I suggested above with a string.
For example, if you want to order a wideband from my store, you should cut a thin piece of paper to 8mm wide strip and follow the same steps. However, please, mention that you used 8mm strip.

3. I can provide you with a ring sizer at a small cost. If you order the rings over $75 from my store, I will refund the cost of the sizer ($2) excluding shipping postage fee.
It is a reusable plastic strip and not the most accurate measuring tool but I calibrated with my mandrels and it has worked well for me and my customers. However, please, make sure to try a few methods other than just this ring sizer.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/125639303/ring-sizer?ref=shop_home_active_5

✣VERY IMPORTANT!
I will add an appropriate amount of room to the band, depending on its width, for your comfort. Therefore, I only need the TRUE ring size which was measured by a THIN ring sizer. If your jeweler measured your ring size with a wider band sizer, then please, mention that when you place your order.
I usually add 1/4 size to over 4mm-6mm bands and 1/2 size to bands between 6mm-8mm width and 3/4- to a full size for bands over 8mm in width.

✤ RE-SIZING:

Plain/hammer textured bands can be resized (except the rings with stones). This can be possible only when there is a size difference in decimals like from 6 to 6.5 and so not like from 6 to 8. Increasing the size requires work on the shank which will lead to a slightly thinner shank.
Please, note that the most gemstone rings CANNOT BE RE-SIZED and have to be made completely new.

I re-size rings only what I made. For most of the rings, I can re-size 1/4 or 1/2 size up or down for free (except the gemstone rings and a few patterned rings) with only shipping fee.

If the ring has to be re-sized up or down to full size or more or after the first re-sizing service, there will be a fee of $20-$36 for silver bands and $32-$60 for gold depending on the labor it is involved with the job. Re-sizing could take as much time as making a new ring if it does;t take longer. Please, contact me for consultation.

✤ RE-OXIDIZING YOUR SILVER RINGS:

Here is the ring re-oxidizing DIY step-by-step instructions,

Regarding re-oxidizing your rings, I recommend using the "boiled egg method". Even though this is rather a slower method but it is the safest for the ring, you and the environment.

1. Using dish soap clean the ring you want to oxidize: no grease, sweat nor residue of any kind on the ring
2. While your eggs are boiling put your silver pieces in a freezer zip-lock bag.
3. Take your boiled eggs out, let them cool for a few minutes and put them in the bag with shells on.
4. Take a spoon and crack the eggshell, then just mash up the eggs by laying the bag on its side and place a towel over it (the eggs are hot inside) and mash the eggs up, as if you were making cracker crumbs.
5. Place the ring in the bag. When the eggs are warm the oxidation starts immediately.
6. Roll the bag and let it sit for a few minutes, check, re-roll if needed. It may take a while to achieve the black tone.
7. Once you think you reach the color you want, rinse the ring with mild soap.
8. If you want to achieve a brushed worn look for the hammered silver band, use a small piece of fine steel wool or a new scotchbrite pad to rub lightly in circular motions.
Please, repeat the previous steps if you expose the silver too much and want to have a darker.
9. If you seal the finish, it could last slightly longer. I use "Renaissance Wax". You can purchase from Amazon or most jewelry suppliers.

*Note: if you maintain the original oxidized finish and not too worry about dealing with chemicals then I will recommend the following products. Not the safest way but you will get reliable results.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=QFzGWsPmN6SatgW4rYiADw&q=Liver+of+Sulfur+Patina+Oxidation&oq=Liver+of+Sulfur+Patina+Oxidation&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30k1l6.2008.2008.0.3404.4.1.0.0.0.0.120.120.0j1.1.0....0...1c.2.64.psy-ab..3.1.120.0...0.qKww4H8QOrs
or
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=MIDAS+BLACK+MAX+OXIDIZER&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

✤ MATERIALS GUIDE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gold Filled:
Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal such as brass It is an affordable quality alternative to actual gold. By having 100% more gold than gold plating, gold filled is much more valuable and it does not flake off, rub off or turn colors like gold plating. Most people who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of an allergic reaction to the jewelry. Since gold-filled items are regulated by the government and I only purchase it from a reputable supplier, I can assure you the quality.
I use "Double-clad" gold-filled sheets for my wide bands. "Double-clad" gold-filled sheet is produced with 1/2 the thickness of gold on each side.
I do offer brushed finish gold filled items and you can also achieve this finish by using a scotchbrite pad, however, if this treatment is repeated, it will shorten the life of the gold layer. Not like Solid gold, I cannot use abrasive tools to clean the seam on gold filled. It will damage the gold layer. Please, expect visible seam lines and slight color variations (slight pink hue)

Care:
The best thing you can do for your Gold Filled jewelry is to clean regularly using a little bit of warm water, and a soft cloth to dry and shine after. Many chemicals marketed for cleaning jewelry are actually somewhat abrasive or corrosive and can cause some damage or color alteration to your jewelry. If your jewelry has been exposed to dirt or grime, soak it in lukewarm water with a mild, non-phosphate detergent, such as Dawn dishwashing liquid for 30 minutes or until the dirt is loosened. Rinse it and dry it thoroughly with soft cloth.

2. Sterling Silver:
Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.

3. Argentium Silver:
Argentium silver is a silver alloy which modifies the traditional sterling silver alloy by replacing some of the copper with the metalloid germanium. Argentium silver costs more than usual sterling silver but many appreciate the bright white color that is closer to fine silver(pure silver) and their quality to resist tarnish, everyday scratches, and dents than traditional sterling.

Care:
Wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, or remove your oxidized finish and reveal the silver underneath. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch, ziplock bag or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Please, keep away from chemicals, such as skin care products, cosmetics, perfume, hairspray, deodorant, Chlorine (swimming pool, hot tubs, etc.), house cleaning supplies or any abrasives, such as chemicals or toothpaste. Some chemicals can oxidize and/or damage the soldered joints. Clean regularly with mild water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. If necessary, polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.
If your jewelry has been exposed to dirt or grime, soak it in lukewarm water with a mild, non-phosphate detergent, such as Dawn dishwashing liquid for 30 minutes or until the dirt is loosened. Rinse it and dry it thoroughly with soft cloth.

*FEEDBACK:

If it is not a lot of trouble, I would be very grateful if you leave feedback for me. I want to know how you like your experience working with me and the pieces I made for you. It will help me to provide a better service. However, by all means, no pressure! I know it is not for everybody:)
Thank you in advance!

More information

Last updated on Apr 25, 2016
Frequently asked questions

It depends. Please, check my store front for the up-to-date turn around time for your order


All items are shipped via insured USPS mail services.
I can ship your order via alternative methods by request, however, there will be extra handling fee.


VERY IMPORTANT!
I will add an appropriate amount of room to the band, depending on its width, for your comfort. Therefore, I only need the TRUE ring size which was measured by a thin ring sizer. I usually add 1/4 size to over 4mm-6mm bands, over 6mm-8mm 1/2 size and over 8mm, I add 3/4- to a full size.

Each finger shape is as unique as you so it could be tricky to get an accurate size. I highly recommend checking your ring size with SEVERAL local jewelers because, unfortunately, ring size measuring tools are not universal. Therefore, it is safe to get the size from several jewelers.