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Harmony Ball Pendant & Necklace

Harmony Balls and Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Pendants

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 Just some of the Fantastic Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Pendant designs in our storeharmony ball selection

This is a MUST READ ARTICLE .... Beware 'Fake Sterling Silver' Harmony Balls

As it is with many other items, Chinese manufacturers are producing ‘copies’ of Balinese Harmony Ball pendants (and have been for many years now), and the deception is that these copies are NOT made from Sterling Silver – they are merely ‘coated’ with sterling silver. These Harmony Balls are made from a poor quality Brass alloy or Alpaca, a low grade material made from a hotch botch of minerals (often passed off as Sterling Silver) and then coated. These fake sterling silver Harmony Balls are found on all types of sites on the internet, some are big name reputable sites (read more)

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The following pages show images of some of the various types of Harmony Ball Pendant and Necklace designs available from Dazzlers Accessories.

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Harmony Ball with Turquoise Gemstone Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Turquoise Gemstone - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Purple Chime Ball and Black Onyx Gemstone Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Black Onyx Gemstone and Purple Chime Ball Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Turquoise Gemstone and Red Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Turquoise Gemstone and Red Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

harmony ball with tiger eye gemstone Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Tiger Eye Gemstone and Black Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Quartz Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with White Quartz Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Pink Quartz Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Pink Quartz Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Red Garnet Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Red Garnet Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Ornate Embossed style with Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Ornate Embossed style with Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Open Cage style with Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Open Cage style with Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Peridot Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Peridot Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball - Click image for more images and Price

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What is the difference between a Harmony Ball and a Dream Ball

 

 

   

Is the difference significant enough to have two different names for very similar items of jewellery?

Firstly let’s examine what a Harmony Ball is. The Harmony Ball is a common piece of jewellery in both Balinese and Mayan (Mexican) cultures, in Mexican culture it is call a Bola, Bola Necklace or Angel Caller. The Harmony Ball also has origins in Celtic culture where it was known as a Druid Bell.

In each case, whether called a Harmony Ball, a Bola or Druid Ball the similarities are that it is seen to be a piece of jewellery, it includes a chiming ball and in most cases has cultural, regional and family heritage significance. A Harmony Ball Pendant generally consists of an outer “cage” and the chime ball contained within. Some cages are hinged, allowing for the changing or replacement of the chime ball, whilst others are fixed (soldered) after the chime ball is inserted. Harmony Balls can be made from a number of metals with sterling silver being the predominant metal of choice for its value, lustre and strength.

These Harmony Ball pendants are made primarily by village or regional silversmiths or jewellers invariably using traditional methods and adding in some “local” originality.

The Chime ball itself is generally made from brass and the chime is achieved by a series of differing sizes “tongues” of brass fixed on the inside of the ball with a smaller ball inside. With movement the smaller ball rolls around running over the different length tongues and against the inside wall of the larger brass ball, like a bell,  creating a variation of sounds that result in a chime with most chimes being unique to each individual Harmony Ball.

Aside from the very high skill level required by a silversmith to create such wonderful sterling silver outer cages or skins, much of the skill is also in the design and making of the inner parts of the chime ball – the higher the skill of the silversmith the better the sound of the Harmony Ball. Silversmiths will often experiment with thicknesses of materials and indeed different materials in an effort to create different chime sounds.

The outer cages of Harmony Balls can vary significantly – some are made using flattened sheets of sterling silver intricately cut to create many different patterns, some are made using a thin sterling silver wire which is twisted, entwined and formed to create intricate wire cages. Some Harmony Ball outer cages are actually solid sterling silver skins whilst some are brass skins plated with sterling silver – in some cases highly polished and in others engraved with varying ornate impressions.

The Harmony Ball pendant is worn mainly as a necklace whilst they can also be worn as earrings or attached to a bracelet. Harmony Ball Pendants are often worn on a long necklace cord by women when pregnant so that the Harmony Ball rest over the bump with the chime sound relaxing the baby in the womb. They make a wonderful pregnancy gift idea.

So if that is a Harmony Ball then what is a Dream Ball and how does it differ?

A Dream Ball is exactly what is described above as a Harmony Ball with the following differences. The Dream Harmony Ball has a cylindrical stem at the top of the pendant where on a Harmony Ball the ring would be for attaching a necklace bale. The length of the stem can vary greatly from one style of Dream Ball to another as can the diameter, suffice to say an average length is about 15mm (a bit over ½”) and diameter about 4-5mm (5/32”). The end of the stem is fitted with a Gemstone which acts as a plug. The stem was usually used to contain the “dream/s” of the wearer. The wearer would generally write down their dream on a small piece of paper or parchment and roll it tightly and put it inside the “tube” of the stem then tap the Gemstone in the opening of the stem creating a force fit hence sealing the dream inside the Dream Harmony Ball pendant.

The wearer would always be carrying their dream and in some cases share that dream with family by handing down the dream ball pendant to a son or daughter.
So the Dream “Harmony” Ball is different in some respects however in most cases is simply called a Harmony Ball. The Dream Ball by virtue of its design is often more ornate than a Harmony Ball and of course includes a Gemstone so is generally more valuable than a Harmony Ball.

An extensive range of quality Sterling Silver Harmony Balls and Dream Balls at very affordable prices can be found at Jewellery Online Store

About the Author: Mike OShannessy is an expert in Balinese Harmony Balls and Dream Balls and writes for a number of jewellery online sites.

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