The announcement of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners is almost at hand! Very soon, we’re going to be letting the world know about the incredible work being done by the best jewelry designers around! As we ramp up to the announcement, let’s take a short trip in the Wayback Machine and check in on one of our 2011 winners!

Janice Grzyb’s piece, Bird Ring, was 2011’s first-place winner in the Silver/Argentium® category. Made from sterling silver (and with rubies for the bird’s eyes), the ring blew the judges away with its gorgeous design and flawless craftsmanship. The bird sits high, perched on top of the ring, its wings to its side and its beak shaped into what almost looks like a smile (maybe it knows that it’s part of an award-winning design!).

We caught up with Janice, before the awards gala last year, and asked her about her piece and what inspired it. Here’s what she had to say:

Continued congratulations to Janice for her beautiful piece and the creativity and hard work that went into its creation. You can see more of Janice’s work at her website.

You can also check out all previous SBDA-winning pieces at the Saul Bell Design Award website.