Former National Association of Goldsmiths chief exec, Michael Hoare, has sadly passed away after a long-standing battle with cancer.

Hoare dedicated many years to the National Association of Goldsmiths, where he was chief executive officer for thirteen years, and the Responsible Jewellery Council, where he served as a non-executive director for some time, and he was a highly thought of member of the jewellery industry.

Amongst his many achievements whilst working in the jewellery trade he was highly instrumental in creating the NAG Institute of Registered Valuers.


Hoare also helped establish the Responsible Jewellery Council in the UK and SaferGems – which still remains today a national intelligence-sharing initiative to counter crime in the jewellery, antiques and fine art trades.

Later on in his career Hoare launched a jewellery consultancy firm.

NAJ president, David Doyle, said in a statement about his passing: “It is with great sadness that I should inform all of our friends & colleagues in the jewellery trade of the passing of Michael Hoare. Michael was well known and respected by many of us in the trade having been Chief Executive of the National Association of Goldsmiths for thirteen years where he led a diverse membership – ranging from SMEs to multi-national luxury goods retailers.

“He will be sorely missed having lost his long standing battle with Cancer. God Bless he, his family, and his friends.”