Saturday, February 1, 2014

Balinese Harmony Balls and the Influence of Hindu Religion

Religion is an important aspect in Balinese culture and traditions. This small island in Indonesia is littered with thousands of temples both monumental in size and small temples in the yard of the family home. This influence shows in a number of the designs of Harmony Ball pendants that are made there.

Bali is predominantly Hindu, although Indonesia is the second largest Muslim populated country on earth, and in the Hindu faith animals play a significant part. The image below is of the Hindu Elephant God, or Ganesha, on a Sterling Silver Harmony Ball made in Bali, this Ganesha is found in stone carvings on the front of many Hindu temples.
Ganesha, Hindu Elephant God Harmony Ball

The harmony ball below shows the Hindu symbol for 'Bali' which is used in many different ways within the culture and daily life of the Balinese.
Hindu Symbol for Bali on Harmony Ball

The above Harmony Ball pendants are available at HarmonyBallPendant.com

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cultures merge in Crucifix design Harmony Ball

The Harmony Ball pendant in this image is an example of the merging of two cultures and religions in the design of a Harmony Ball from Bali.

The main religion in Indonesia is Islam whilst on the island of Bali, part of Indonesia, the home of the Harmony Ball it is Hindu. Other religions also exist harmoniously in Bali including Christianity. The Balinese people and their culture are extremely tolerant of the cultures and religions of others.

This is evident in this Crucifix design Harmony Ball Pendant - giving the wearer the serenity of a harmony ball and the spirituality of the crucifix in one stunning necklace pendant.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Harmony Ball Earrings

Although Harmony Ball Earrings are not as widely marketed as Harmony Ball Pendants they are fast becoming a sought after fashion accessory.

Why? Well not only are they attractive and hand made by artisans, they are unique in that they emit a soft chime and as such often become a talking point when women congregate. Most available earrings also have a matching pendant which makes it great for coordinating your jewelry. The harmony ball component of the earrings is most commonly 12mm in diameter with some ranging up to 16mm.

The soft chime is just that, very soft so it is not a distracting sound but moreso a wonderful harmonious chime.

Two sites with an excellent range of Harmony Ball Earrings are www.HarmonyBallPendant.com and www.HarmonyBall.net.au



Saturday, June 1, 2013

Beware ‘Fake Sterling Silver’ Harmony Balls


Are you really getting Sterling Silver?

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 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.
Many, but not all these days, are stamped ‘C925’ on the top of the stem where normally on a genuine Balinese Harmony Ball would be set a gemstone. The mark ‘C925’ indicates ‘coated with 925’ BUT no-one else in the world does this or uses such a mark so it is very deceptive, most people assume it means 925 Sterling Silver .....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gemstones widely used in Harmony Ball Pendants

Various types of semi-precious Gemstones are widely used by silversmith artisans in the making of Harmony Balls, more so in fact in Harmony 'Dream' Ball pendants. Gemstones often used include a variety of colored types like Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Topaz, Quartz in many colors, Turquoise, Garnet and Royal Ruby to name a few.

The gemstone used in a Harmony 'Dream' Ball actually serves a purpose beyond just being decorative - read this article to learn more, 'What is the Difference between a Harmony Ball and a Dream Ball?'


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Monday, January 14, 2013

New Harmony Ball website Links Page

We have added a page of useful Harmony Ball links that will take you to the Best Harmony Ball sites on the web ... enjoy.

Mike

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How is the Chime Ball in a Harmony Ball Made ? - How do they get that little bell in there ?

Often the soothing soft chime of Harmony Ball is taken for granted - but what makes the chime and how do they in fact make the chime ball.

Take a look at this very interesting article which covers this question in detail http://www.harmonyballpendants.com/harmony-ball-article-what-makes-a-harmony-ball-chime-p-578.html

 

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