Make Your Mark (MYM) is the UK’s biggest information event for apprentices and students of jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades.  Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and held at Goldsmiths’ Hall, this annual educational convention has quickly grown into an immensely popular, important and valuable event for advice and networking opportunities. 

For 2020/21, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and GC&DC teams have come together to create the Make Your Mark 2D Design Award in the Goldsmiths’ competition.  

The Hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, but it can also be used creatively both as a marketing feature, and a striking design element. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also be used as a mechanism to commemorate special occasions, events and highlight heritage. So here is your opportunity to make your own mark and positive contribution to design and hallmarking by competing for this special and unique award.    

This wonderful opportunity is inviting designers to celebrate the London Hallmark by designing a contemporary item or product in precious metals.

The Brief

On a theme or topic of your choice, design an item of jewellery, smallwork or silverware that promotes, enhances and celebrates the London Hallmark. Of crucial importance, will be the scale of your idea that will enable the hallmarks to be a beautiful, contributory and complimentary feature and integral part of the design.

Examples from previous MYM awards can be seen via these links:  

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). 

Key points of consideration are:

  • Originality and aesthetic appeal
  • A successful design includes functionality
  • A celebration of the London Hallmark
  • Hallmarks should be proportionately scaled and positioned to feature and complement the design
  • An understanding of the various components of a Hallmark

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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. 

About Make Your Mark & The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office

Make Your Mark is the UK’s largest information event for apprentices, students and graduates of jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades. Since its launch in 2014, Make Your Mark has proved a huge success and promises to deliver even more educational advice and networking opportunities in the future.

Make Your Mark is a completely free student-and tutor event open to apprentices and anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course.

Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, this major convention provides a packed programme of inspiring talks from leading figures in the trade, live demos, a packed exhibition, careers advice and much more.

For additional information please contact Charlotte Turner at the Assay Office: charlotte.turner@assayofficelondon.co.uk


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