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ARTICLE .... Beware 'Fake Sterling Silver' Harmony
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
for over 120 Harmony Ball models in
Below on this page are shown images of some of the various types of
Harmony Ball Pendants and Necklaces available from Dazzlers Accessories.
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Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Faceted Peridot
Gemstone and Brass Chime Ball
Harmony Ball with Sterling Silver
Frog on Brass Chime Ball
Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Red Garnet Gemstone in an ornate cage
Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with
Tiger Eye Gemstone
Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with
Moonstone Gemstone in an Ornate Filigree Cage
Sterling Silver Harmony Ball with Moonstone Gemstone in stunning cage design
Heart shape Sterling Silver Harmony Ball pendant with Red Garnet Gemstone
Hinged Style Harmony Balls
Some Harmony Ball styles are hinged on one side with a latch on the other thus allowing the cage of
the Harmony Ball to be opened.
Many Harmony Balls have a solid outer skin, i.e. they have a solid outer just like a basketball,
football tennis ball etc with a hollow inner. These are often very ornate with various types of symbols and
characters embossed on the outside and come in various sizes.
The hinged opening style of Harmony
Ball differs in that the outer skin is more like a cage and made of either a Sterling Silver wire or thin
sheet. These sterling silver cages are formed by the silversmith in two halves, or two halves of a globe,
generally with one half having the vertical “pipe” typically associated with the popular Dream Ball style of
The Silversmith will have created a design and will “work” the thin Sterling Silver wire over a semi- circular dome
mould fixed in a vice, forming the wire into the desired pattern whilst maintaining the shape of half of a globe.
The process requires more than one piece of wire and some soldering of joints in certain places until the desired
shape is obtained.
The skilful Silversmith then repeats the process for the other half whilst on this section he often
will fix a “pipe” to the top. This is generally a hollow pipe formed from Sterling Silver sheet which is
soldered to an ornate hood which in turn is soldered to the wire cage. The top opening of the pipe is then
fitted with a semi-precious gemstone to seal it off.
The original use of a Dream Ball involved the gemstone sealing off the hollow end of the pipe being able to be
removed (a force fit) to enable the wearer to insert a very tiny piece of paper on which they have written their
dreams or aspirations. Hence the would carry these dreams with them all the time in their Dream Ball.
For the Sterling Silver “sheet” style of cage the Silversmith will firstly meticulously carve an
ornate design that he has created into a tough metal such as steel which is then hardened in a furnace
(generally by the village Blacksmith) and then formed into a “stamp”. The Silversmith then uses this stamp by
placing it on a thin sheet of Sterling Silver and hitting the handle of the stamp with a hammer to stamp out a
patterned piece of metal that he will then form into a half globe shape in the same way that he would for the
wire style of cage.
The Silversmith then carefully solders the hinge elements onto each half globe on one side whilst on
the opposite side he will meticulously solder the arm of the latch on one semi globe whilst fixing the latching
eye on the opposite side making sure that they , and the two halves of the globe, meet perfectly. This part of
the manufacturing of a Traditional Balinese Harmony Ball requires the utmost skill and care. If the hinge and
latch do not work properly then the harmony ball is useless and will need to be melted down into Sterling Silver
stock and the process started again.
The advantage of the hinged opening type of harmony ball is that it allows for the chime ball itself
to be seen, and that the chime ball can be made of different materials and various colours to further enhance
the visual appeal of these wonderful Harmony Ball pendants.
It also allows a wearer to occasionally change the chime ball to alter the appearance of the pendant
or in the case particularly of Sterling Silver or Brass Chime Balls to remove them occasionally for
** Footnote – Sterling Silver is by nature a fairly soft material (by comparison to steel or brass and
many other metals) and it can “work harden” fairly quickly, i.e. become brittle from being worked back and
forth. Hence it is strongly recommended to not open and close the harmony ball cage too frequently to avoid
potential breakage. Most breakages are caused by frequent opening of the harmony ball and not by faulty
About the Author: Mike O'Shannessy is an expert in Balinese Harmony Balls a writes for a number of
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