Former chief executive officer of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), Simon Rainer has received the freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company.
The official ceremony was held on April 5 at Goldsmiths’ Hall in central London. After the formal service, Rainer was escorted by wardens from the Goldsmiths’ Company to the Guildhall, where he was invited to apply for the freedom of the city of London.
The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the 12 great livery companies of the city of London originating from the trade guilds of the Middle Ages and is an institution that is more than 700 years old. Today the Company promotes design and craftsmanship as well as hallmarking precious metal jewellery made in the UK.
Simon Rainer jewellery consultant said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive the freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company and it was a proud moment to be recognised for my contribution to the UK and International jewellery markets over the last 25 years.”
During his time at the BJA, Rainer was a director of the Responsible Jewellery Council and led two commissions for the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). He was also one of the founding partners in the UK Jewellery Ethics Committee and worked extensively with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for reform to the Kimberley Process.
His work as an industry ambassador for greater transparency in the jewellery supply chain and championing the many benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility also saw him involved with universities, Civil Society and Fairtrade Gold.
In 2014, Rainer was awarded the UK Jewellery Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry in recognition of his work in the jewellery trade.