Jewellery consultant and former chief executive officer of the British Jewellers Association, Simon Rainer, has received the Freedom of the Goldsmith’s Company.
At a grand ceremony held at Goldsmith’s Hall on April 5, Rainer was given the honorary title.
The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Twelve 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. Nowadays the company promotes excellence in design and craftsmanship and has the responsibility of hallmarking all precious metal jewellery made in the UK.
After the ceremony, Rainer was escorted by wardens from the Goldsmith Company to the Guildhall, where he was invited to apply for the Freedom of the City of London.
“I was absolutely delighted to receive the Freedom of the Goldsmith’s 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,” comments Rainer on his latest achievement.
During Rainer’s time at the BJA, he was a director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, led two commissions for the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), was 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.