Designs can be presented as a hand drawn presentation or CAD illustration, or in combination. You must include a scaled drawing and specifications such as measurements and materials used and comply to current legislation for UK Hallmarking. Mixed metal/other material proposals must contain the legal minimum amount of precious metal. Thought must be given to its construction, as well as a description relating to your inspiration, concept and development.
Entrants need to state the reasoning behind the placement/use of the hallmark and can also indicate the method of hallmarking (laser or struck), and size of marks (0.5mm to 6mm).
This design brief was written in liaison with Charlotte Turner and Robert Organ of The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office.
Entry Form Requirements
As per the brief criteria, there will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain the concept behind your designs and the tools or techniques that you have used if you wish to separate text from your images. You may explain these on your designs or using the placeholders provided on the entry form, or both.
The placeholders are:
- Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
- Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed. (Max 150 words)
All MYM Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive an exclusive hallmarking package, comprising of a ten-year registration, punch and laser software to enable both methods of hallmarking. In addition, the outright winner of the MYM award will be offered mentoring sessions with designer makers, and an invitation to an Assay Office event as soon as they can return to their normal programme schedule.