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  1. In 2006, we were contacted by the artist Raqib Shaw and asked if we could set some gemstones in a lobster. It was a 3 dimensional version of a part of one of his paintings, featuring a man with a bird's head being sexually assaulted by a giant lobster. The initial version of the lobster was produced in CAD, unfortunately it was so bad that Raqib described it as "a fucking ciabatta" and almost cancelled the project. A new version was cast from an actual lobster and finally we were able to start work on our part of the project.

    To begin with Russell painted the lobster to look like it was alive, and then Danila and Russell began encrusting it with gemstones. Initially given a month to complete the work, we were left with 8 days before it had to go on exhibition at the Tate Britain. We commandeered half of Raqib's assistants and in 8 insane days inserted 20,000 colour and size graded rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. We also had to install the sculpture in the Tate Britain, something we hadn't bargained on, but the project manager disappeared shortly after delivering it to the Museum, leaving us to complete the task.

    A genuinely unique experience. Here are some pictures from the private view on the opening night.

    Click on the images to enlarge.

  2. manson ring  manson ring 2

    Back in 1998 we had a phone call from somebody asking if Marilyn Manson could visit our studio to commission a ring for his initiation into the Church of Satan. We arranged an appointment, partially uncertain whether this was a hoax but also aware that we attract a lot of unusual clients.

    Sure enough a few days later he turned up in a limo with his entourage. He'd just come from Philip Treacy, where he'd commissioned a hat. He was extremely polite and sat quietly studying our portfolio of designs. Eventually he picked out several items that had elements he liked and we put together a design for him. Sadly all we have is these two grainy, pre-digital photos of the ring before it was set. in retrospect we should have had our picture taken with him too, but we were trying to act cool.

    We made a replica using a piece of amber. You can see the details a bit better on this.

    mm ring 1

    Eventually the ring evolved and with the addition of taxidermy cat eyes became the Baphomet ring in our Cabinet of Curiosities collection.

  3. GDPR

    With the law changes we are now required to provide you with a privacy policy statement.

    Basically it's exactly the same as all the others you've read recently.  We've never spammed you in the past or passed on your details in any way, and we're not about to start now. We hate all that crap, just like you

    Anyway, here it is if you really want to read it. I know I didn't. 



    The Travelling Jewellery Emporium understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits this website, (“Our Site”) and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described here, and in a way that is consistent with our obligations and your rights under the law.

    Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of this Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of Our Site. If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy, you must stop using Our Site immediately.

    1. Information About [Us] OR [Me] Our Site is owned and operated by The Travelling Jewellery Emporium
    Email address: [email protected]
    Telephone number: 07796218999
    Postal Address: 22 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8BA

    2. What Does This Policy Cover?
    This Privacy Policy applies only to your use of Our Site. Our Site may contain links to other websites. Please note that we have no control over how your data is collected, stored, or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

    3. What is Personal Data?
    Personal data is defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679) (the “GDPR”) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier’.
    Personal data is, in simpler terms, any information about you that enables you to be identified. Personal data covers obvious information such as your name and contact details, but it also covers less obvious information such as identification numbers, electronic location data, and other online identifiers.

    4. What Are My Rights?
    Under the GDPR, you have the following rights, which we will always work to uphold:
    a) The right to be informed about Our collection and use of your personal data. This Privacy Policy should tell you everything you need to know, but you can always contact us to find out more or to ask any questions using the details in Part 12.
    b) The right to access the personal data we hold about you. Part 11 will tell you how to do this.
    c) The right to have your personal data rectified if any of your personal data held by us is inaccurate or incomplete. Please contact us using the details in Part 12 to find out more.
    d) The right to be forgotten, i.e. the right to ask us to delete or otherwise dispose of any of your personal data that we have. Please contact us using the details in Part 12 to find out more.
    e) The right to restrict (i.e. prevent) the processing of your personal data.
    f) The right to object to us using your personal data for a particular purpose or purposes.
    g) The right to data portability. This means that, if you have provided personal data to us directly, we use it with your consent or for the performance of a contract, and that data is processed using automated means, you can ask us for a copy of that personal data to re-use with another service or business in many cases.
    h) Rights relating to automated decision-making and profiling. We do not use your personal data in this way.
    For more information about Our use of your personal data or exercising your rights as outlined above, please contact us using the details provided in Part 12.
    Further information about your rights can also be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
    If you have any cause for complaint about Our use of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

    5. What Data Do You Collect?
    Depending upon your use of Our Site, we may collect some or all of the following personal and non-personal data:
    • Name;
    • Gender;
    • Address;
    • Email address;
    • Telephone number;
    • Business name;
    • Job title;
    • Profession;
    • Online accounts, Facebook/twitter etc

    6. How Do You Use My Personal Data?
    Under the GDPR, we must always have a lawful basis for using personal data. This may be because the data is necessary for Our performance of a contract with you, because you have consented to Our use of your personal data, or because it is in Our legitimate business interests to use it. Your personal data may be used for all or one of the following purposes:
    • Supplying Our products AND/OR services to you. Your personal details are required in order for us to enter into a contract with you.
    • Communicating with you. This may include responding to emails, digital messages from various platforms or calls from you.
    • Supplying you with information by email, phone or post that you have opted-in to (you may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by emailing us.
    With your permission and/or where permitted by law, we may also use your personal data for marketing purposes, which may include contacting you by email AND/OR telephone AND/OR text and digital message AND/OR post with information, news, and offers on Our products AND/OR services. You will not be sent any unlawful marketing or spam. We will always work to fully protect your rights and comply with Our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and you will always have the opportunity to opt-out.
    We do not use any automated systems for carrying out certain kinds of decision-making AND/OR profiling.

    7. How Long Will You Keep My Personal Data?
    We will not keep your personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected. Your personal data will therefore be kept for the following periods (or, where there is no fixed period, the following factors will be used to determine how long it is kept):
    • Emails- these will be archived and stored in our servers;
    • Altogether details as 5 above until you request, by email, for us to remove them from our database.

    8. How and Where Do You Store or Transfer My Personal Data?
    We will only store or transfer your personal data in the UK. This means that it will be fully protected under the GDPR.

    9. Do You Share My Personal Data?
    We will not share any of your personal data with any third parties for any purposes, subject to one important exception.
    In some limited circumstances, we may be legally required to share certain personal data, which might include yours, if we are involved in legal proceedings or complying with legal obligations, a court order, or the instructions of a government authority.

    10. Can I Withhold Information?
    You may access certain areas of Our Site without providing any personal data at all. However, to use all features and functions available on Our Site you may be required to submit or allow for the collection of certain data.

    11. How Can I Access My Personal Data?
    If you want to know what personal data we have about you, you can ask us for details of that personal data and for a copy of it (where any such personal data is held). This is known as a “subject access request”.
    All subject access requests should be made in writing and sent to the email or postal addresses shown in Part 12.
    There is not normally any charge for a subject access request. If your request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’ (for example, if you make repetitive requests) a fee may be charged to cover Our administrative costs in responding.
    [We] OR [I] will respond to your subject access request within 28days and, in any case, not more than one month of receiving it. Normally we aim to provide a complete response, including a copy of your personal data within that time. In some cases, however, particularly if your request is more complex, more time may be required up to a maximum of three months from the date we receive your request. You will be kept fully informed of Our progress.

    12. How Do I Contact You?
    To contact us about anything to do with your personal data and data protection, including to make a subject access request, please use the following details (for the attention of Russell Lownsbrough
    Email address: [email protected]
    Telephone number: 07796218999
    Postal Address: 22 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8BA

    13. Changes to this Privacy Policy
    We may change this Privacy Notice from time to time. This may be necessary, for example, if the law changes, or if we change Our business in a way that affects personal data protection.
    Any changes will be immediately posted on Our Site and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of Our Site following the alterations. We recommend that you check this page regularly to keep up-to-date.