Jeweller’s creation to mark Peace Bridge opening

Jeweller Nicole Donaghey of Thomas, Goldsmiths, Pump Street models the new 'Peace Bridge' brooch yesterday afternoon. 2106JM21
Jeweller Nicole Donaghey of Thomas, Goldsmiths, Pump Street models the new 'Peace Bridge' brooch yesterday afternoon. 2106JM21

A Derry gold and silversmith has created a piece of jewellery to commemorate the historic opening of the city’s fist pedestrian bridge.

Thomas Goldsmith at Pump Street has designed and crafted the new handcrafted silver brooch to coincide with this weekend’s long awaited big opening of the Peace Bridge.

Master Goldsmith David Thomas said he was keen to create something to reflect the occasion which is a “big point of interest” in the city.

“We just decided we’d like to do something as this weekend’s opening will be an momentous event in the city. I had been passing the bridge every day and realised what a beautiful shape it is and wanted to do something to recognise the beauty.

“The silver brooch represents the sweeping S shape of the bridge and the two main stanchions coming apart,” he said.

The brooch will be on sale at the Pump Street store at a retail price of £35.

“It’ll be a nice memento of the bridge opening for people to have for years to come and it’s both made and designed here in Pump Street.”

The new brooch inspired by the £14m Peace Bridge is not the only commemorative item that Mr Thomas has completed recently.

A couple of weeks ago a new chalice designed and created at the Pump Street workshop was used in the rededication ceremony of St Columb’s Cathedral following the historic building’s extensive refurbishment.