Peace bridge brooches flying off shelves

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

Commemorative Peace Bridge brooches are flying off the shelves at Derry jewellers Thomas Goldsmith.

Gold and silversmith David Thomas has designed a silver brooch to coincide with this weekend’s long awaited and historic opening of the Peace Bridge at his Pump Street jewellers and workshop.

The handcrafted piece of jewellery to commemorate the historic opening of the city’s fist pedestrian bridge is retailing at just £35 and sales have been a little more than brisk in recent days.

In fact demand has been so high that Mr Thomas is now planning to design a suite of jewellery to reflect the opening of the new £14m Foyle crossing.

“They really have been flying off the shelves. I’m not going to retire just yet but the brooch has created a nice little buzz in the store.

“It was really only a last minute design but if we can see it out until Monday or Tuesday, we’ll look at refining it and creating a whole suite of jewellery around it.”

Mr Thomas added that he was surprised at the age span of people interested in the new piece of commemorative jewellery with both young and old keen to own one. He said he was keen to create something to reflect the historic occasion which is a “big point of interest” in the city. “The silver brooch represents the sweeping S shape of the bridge and the two main stanchions coming apart. 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.”