The Birmingham Assay Office is offering a new optional ‘Hope’ hallmark until the end of the year after an 8-year-old girl won its recent logo design contest.

The ‘Hope’ competition launched 23 March 2020 and asked children aged 7-16 across the West Midlands to design a logo signifying hope.

Like the Rainbow logo launched by the Birmingham Assay Office last year, the logo can now be applied as an optional mark on jewellery alongside a statutory hallmark.

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The winning design was submitted by 8-year-old Livi Mitchell.

Technical laser specialist, Suki Singh, who adapted Mitchell’s design for laser marking, commented: “We received some fantastic designs for the competition, but Livi’s design stood out.

“Her design featured a heart encompassing a dove. The heart represents love and support for the NHS, whilst the dove is a symbol of hope and freedom for the future.”

Mitchell was awarded with a silver bookmark lasered with her logo design, a book about Matthew Boulton and a behind-the-scenes visit to The Assay Office with lunch in the Silver Room.

The logo is available to be added to pieces until 31 December, with the proceeds raised donated to an NHS charity.