Tom Daley keeps it local with designer jewellery for his mum
Plymouth Olympic diving star Tom Daley has commissioned a Plymouth jewellery designer to create a unique gift for his supportive mum Debbie.
A designer in Hyde Park has revealed how Tom asked her to carry out a secret commission as a surprise present for Debbie, 41.
Tom, 18, popped into Nicola Hurst’s design studio late last year to ask her to create three unique pieces of silver jewellery; one each for his mother and his two grandmothers as a memento of his success at London 2012.
And as they discussed the design of the Olympic-themed silver pendants he wanted Nicola to create for his family he also decided he would like one of her pieces for himself.
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“He could have gone anywhere to get them made, he’s Tom Daley after all,” said Nicola, who has been creating jewellery for more than 20 years.
“So I think it’s lovely that he chose to come to a Plymouth business. He said that I was recommended to him by one of his fellow Plymouth divers.
”I think they were really thoughtful gifts.
“I joked that he was the first celebrity I had made anything for and he just giggled! He signed some autographs and was just really nice,” said Nicola.
Debbie Daley was moved to support her son last month when she wrote an open letter in the Daily Mail after British Swimming chief David Sparkes was critical of Tom’s decision to take part in ITV reality show Splash! in which the Olympic Bronze medal winner taught celebrities how to dive.
Following her defence of her son, Tom tweeted “My mum is AMAZING :D x”
The programme has been re-commissioned for a second series.
Nicola declined to reveal how much the pieces had set the Plymouth College pupil back, “when it’s a commission that’s private between me and the customer,” but she says that when he came to collect the finished gifts from her Hyde Park studio he was so pleased with his own bracelet that he put it on right away.
“I worked really hard on making it a piece that I thought would suit him,” said Nicola, who was thrilled with his reaction to the silver ring design on brown leather and the three pendants.
“I was glad he obviously liked his bracelet so much and I hope his family get as much pleasure out of wearing their presents as I got from making them.”