Concrete has never looked so beautiful.
Jewelry designer Hadas Shaham designs necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets that are clean, contemporary and minimalist. She’s inspired by architecture, geometric shapes and symmetry.
She uses materials such as cement, gold, rubber, silicone and even wood to handcraft each piece in the small studio next to her home. Hadas says that she loves “the combination of cement and different metals to create a final look that is minimalist but feminine.”
I’m a big fan of Hadas’s work and loved learning more about her during our interview below!
Where are you from and where did you go to school?
I am a mother of two and live in a small village northern to Tel-Aviv called Tel-Mond.
I hold a design degree from Shenkar Academy of Arts and Design in Israel. I majored in jewelry design and graduated 11 years ago.
Post-graduation, I started a new business with a friend from college, and after a year I have opened a studio and a shop in Old Jaffa, nearby Tel-Aviv. This studio was established as a cooperation with my father, who runs a business for restoring old furniture from the 50s and 60s. I got a lot of inspiration both from the design of these furniture and from my father’s work.
How and why did you first begin working with cement?
My final project theme was fences, and as part of this work, I got acquainted with substances such as cement. I designed over 20 different objects, along with jewelry, and some were based on cement.
I’d love to hear about your process.
Working with cement for jewelry design comprises a few sequential phases and can last a long time. I start with a model formation, and the model has to be extremely precise. The second phase is working with the metal. I usually use silver for that. This is where I utilize my experience and knowledge gained at school. After soldering and polishing the silver model, I join the cement with the silver. The next phase is a last polish as a final touch. Sometimes a single item comprises a few objects and another phase of combining those parts together is required.
Looking back at my business history, the cement collection has evolved dramatically. I started to use different substances in a combination with the cement, which soften the look and feel of the items. In the last couple of years I started to work with gems and strings and combine it by a unique weaving technique.
Where can we buy your beautiful jewelry?
My collections are distributed mainly in the U.S. and Europe and can be found at selected boutique/designer shops as well as museum shops. It is also available in a few selected shops in Israel. I operate a small display at my studio as well. You an also purchase from my Etsy shop at Hadas Shaham.