Jewel queen pip is a high roller!

Pip Jolley modelling her own own jewellery designs - 1940s rollers. This was the design entered into the draw for the Nova Prize Award

Pip Jolley modelling her own own jewellery designs - 1940s rollers. This was the design entered into the draw for the Nova Prize Award

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A WIGAN jewellery designer has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Former Winstanley College student Pip Jolley is one of just eight designers and artists in the running for the Nova Prize.

A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Pip’s inspiration for her final degree project was the 1940s era and in particular the famous Coco Chanel quote: “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness.

“And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.

“And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”

Pip, 22, said: “The 1940s and 1950s is my style anyway - people always say I was born in the wrong era.

“I was inspired by the Coco Chanel quote and during that time, the women always looked amazing and took the time to look their best.

“I focused on the rollers that the women would wear and made electroplated vintage rollers and then created roller necklaces, rings and brooches.”

Up against stiff competition including fashion designers and photographers, Pip is the only jewellery designer shortlisted.

The winner is announced today with first place winning £6,000 while two runners-up will get £2,000 each.

Pip, who originally hails from Ashton, now lives in Crouch End and creates her unique pieces with silver and gold

She added: “This will be so hard to judge as everybody else’s work is of a very high standard. It would be very nice to win but I am trying not to think about it, it’s a tough competition.

“Obviously if I did win, I would spend the money on my business as designing your own jewellery is very expensive.

“But it’s still a major achievement to be shortlisted for something like this - it’s good recognition for a young, independent designer.”

The quirky designer sells her creations at pop-up vintage fairs and until recently had a stall at Camden Market.

She also models all her designs and is photographed by fellow student and former Winstanley College pupil Liam Gray.

For more information, visit www.pipjolley.com.