Showing posts with label harmony ball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label harmony ball. Show all posts

Monday, May 22, 2017

Things to Consider When Buying a Harmony Ball (Bola Necklace, Angel Caller)

Important Considerations when Buying a Harmony Ball Necklace (Bola Necklace, Angel Caller Necklace)

 

So Many Websites out there to Choose from when Buying a Harmony Ball Necklace


So this is good for the consumers, right? .... well Yes and No

 ... as with many other things it really is a case of 'Buyer Beware' ... Beware of websites with just pretty pictures and fancy presentations that lack details about the product, its actual size and importantly what it is made of and offering fantastic deals. Competition no doubt creates more competitive pricing for all of us but it also brings about potential traps for consumers.

As a Jeweler myself who is passionate about quality and very concerned with the increasing number of websites misleading customers about jewelry,  I feel compelled to offer some advice, based on industry and scientific facts and my own training and experience, to help intending purchasers to understand the pitfalls they may face in buying Silver jewelry.


"Silver is not always Silver when it comes to jewelry and far too many people are being mislead about what they are actually buying." .... author unknown.

This article is worth reading as it will arm you with the knowledge that will help you make an 'informed decision' when you purchase your Harmony Ball / Bola Necklace / Angel Caller / Pregnancy Necklace.

A few years ago there were far fewer websites selling Harmony Ball necklaces (and other quality jewelry items) than there are today. The explosion of websites selling these chiming necklaces is due to the Chinese manufacturers getting in on the act - making and selling simply silver 'Plated' copies of the original Hand Made Sterling Silver Harmony Balls, hand crafted by Artisan Silversmiths in Bali and in Mexico, the places of origin of these wonderful jewelry items. (by the way I am not anti-Chinese, I am anti-misleading consumers when buying Silver jewelry).

It is fair to say that prices have become cheaper - but so has the quality - if you really shop around you can buy a Harmony Ball / Bola Necklace for under U.S.$5 ... but would you really want to?

 

As a Consumer You Essentially Have Two Main Choices - 

1. Buy Quality Genuine 925 Sterling Silver or,
2. Buy merely Silver Plated (Costume jewelry)

Please take the following into account before you spend your money;
  • - the price saving between the two choices is in the vicinity of about $15 to $25 - the average price for a typical size (18mm or 3/4" diameter) Harmony Ball in 925 Sterling Silver is in the $45 to $55 range (more than $55 for that size and you are likely paying too much) - for a silver Plated one of the same size the range is generally $30 to $40 (if less than $30 it will likely be very poor quality and have a very poor chime sound, and over $40 you will be paying too much for just silver Plated)
  • - a Genuine Sterling Silver Harmony Ball is a Genuine 'Keepsake' while the silver plated one is simply a piece of Costume jewelry
  • - this will be a 'very Special' jewelry piece', right? ... purchased and worn for a 'very Special Reason' - and possibly for more than one pregnancy!
  • Silver Plating WILL WEAR OFF ... the facts are that the plating process adds a only a very minute thin coating (only a few microns thickness) of Silver onto whatever the material underneath is - most of the materials used in the making of Costume Jewelry (called Base Metals in the Jewelry making industry) are just made up of a mixture of scrap metals thrown into the melting pot, it could be anything - refer to this authoritative article about plating of costume jewelry here for more details (Silver-Plating-and-How-it-Differs-from-Sterling-Silver)
  •  Why will the silver plating will wear off? - "I have other silver plated jewelry that I have had for years and the plating hasn't worn off"!! - plating quality can vary greatly between manufacturers and Silver itself is a very soft metal and can be easily worn off with abrasion - that is why copper is added to Silver to create Sterling Silver, to give it strength and toughness - see details about Sterling Silver below). Additionally a major difference is that a Harmony Ball necklace is worn day in and day out for 6 months or longer (200+ days and nights) and is in continual contact with either the skin or clothing or both intermittently and is being touched regularly - hence there is abrasion or wear of that very, very thin silver plating, the pendant bouncing and rubbing against an abrasive surface of  clothing materials and even the skin with its natural oils plus any sweat or perfumes, body lotions etc can also be abrasive. So compared to any other piece that is not worn every single day and night for moths on end and is not in direct contact with clothing etc the Harmony Ball plating is copping some really harsh punishment. The rate of wear will vary, no doubt, depending on circumstances. Some clothing materials are 'rougher' than others, some people have oilier skin than others and some perfumes and body lotions have some pretty harsh chemicals that can accelerate the rate of wear of the very thin silver plating - all of these factors effect abrasive wear. It may take some time but it will wear off, especially if it has been a poor quality plating process.
  • What happens when the Plating wears off? with whatever the metal mixture is underneath the worn off plating rubbing on the skin it can lead to any number of things - rashes, dermatitis, dirty marks on the skin (green from the copper content is common) and worse if by chance the material the pendant is made of contains Nickel, a known cancer causing carcinogen  - "but the website said it didn't contain Nickel", I hear you say. The problem with this is that virtually ALL Websites selling these silver plated Harmony Ball pendants are simply resellers, buying in from wholesalers in China via sites like Alibaba.com or DHGate.com and not even from the actual manufacturer and as such they have to take the word of the wholesaler who in turn takes the word of the Chinese manufacturer - there really is NO WAY to VERIFY for the consumer or anyone else for that matter what the metal alloy content actually is made up of and hence whether or not it contains Nickel. So it all comes down to trust.
  •  TRUST and the website you buy from - aside from fancy professional appearance and impressive product images it is important that the website is giving you all the necessary information you need so that you know exactly what it is you are buying - information like actual size on the pendant (diameter) and what it is made of ... and not just the word Silver - in this day and age there is no such thing as just silver - it is either Sterling Silver or it is silver plated. Most sites selling Chinese made Harmony Balls refer to just silver so you will not know if you are buying Sterling Silver or merely silver plated, and rarely do they say silver 'plated'. Some are indeed up front whilst others will say Sterling Silver and in the fine print, in a hard to get to page, they will sate it is Sterling Silver 'plated' (a Chinese invention) to confuse or mislead consumers. Some sites do not even say what the pendant is made of on their fancy web pages, simply relying on the 'wow' factor and impulse buying based on a pretty picture. We probably need to ask ourselves the question 'Why are these websites so evasive in providing factual information?' The problem is the Chinese manufacturers are very good at making something look pretty. Some sites are run by very nice honest folk who believe they are selling a quality product, they have believed the wholesaler, others are sharks knowing they are misleading consumers.
Be wary of sneaky misleading embellishment terms like "generous layer of high quality Silver" or " silver filled" or "rhodium plated silver" (rhodium adds extra shine and reduces tendency to tarnish - it is used often on 'fine' jewelry, including Sterling Silver) - the term 'Rhodium plated' or 'coated' is used in conjunction with plated jewelry to try to deflect from the fact that it is only plated. The worst is just the word 'Silver' on its own leaving it the judgement of the buyer, and unfortunately none of this is regulated.
 "Silver is not always Silver when it comes to jewelry and far too many people are being mislead about what they are actually buying." .... author unknown.
  •  FAKE Gemstones - in addition, any so called gemstones on any Chinese manufactured silver plated Harmony Ball / Bola Necklace / Angel Caller are simply colored glass - (I know, I have smashed a few very easily with a gentle tap with a small hammer).
  • Sterling Silver complies to International Standards - Sterling Silver, sometimes called 925 Sterling Silver or 925 Silver is made to International Standards - it is consistently made up of 92.5% Pure Silver (or 925 parts per 1000, hence the tag of 925) with the remainder being Copper to give the Silver the 'tensile strength' it needs to be formed into jewelry (pure silver is too soft for making jewelry). Sterling Silver is classed as a 'Precious Metal Alloy' so the quality of Sterling Silver is regulated and is consistent and jewelry pieces made with it are regarded as 'fine' jewelry. (refer to this link to an authoritative website for detailed information about Sterling Silver)

At the end of the day we all have to make our own choices - it is much easier to do so armed with knowledge. Hopefully this article has provided some beneficial knowledge to assist you in your purchasing decision.

We all want to get a 'Bargain' but maybe we should look for 'Quality Bargains' ? ... so maybe ask yourself if you want save about $20 or so on a possible throw away or spend that $20 and buy a beautiful quality 'Keepsake', something that can be handed down from Mother to Daughter and on to further generations.

Ask any Jeweler, your local jeweler, for his or her opinion.

"Value for money is better in the long run than just getting a bargain" ... author unknown

p.s. it is not just individual websites that you need to be careful with - many sellers in the huge shopping sites like Amazon, eBay, Etsy and others are offering plated products 'without full disclosure to the shopper' (i.e. using just the term 'Silver') and it seems these big sites do not enforce stringent enough policies or controls about materials that their jewelry for sale is made of or how the seller projects that aspect of their product. So do not fall into the trap that it is a big name site so it must be OK. Over 90% of the Harmony Ball products on these sites are simply silver 'plated'.

references:
website: www.SterlingSilver.net.au with additional content from WikiPedia.org, the Free Encyclopedia

Author: Mike O'Shannessy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Harmony Ball or Bola Necklace or Harmony Necklace or Angel Caller?

What's in a name - is there a difference?


Often but not exclusively worn by women who are pregnant a Harmony Ball or Bola Necklace or Angel Caller or Bola de Grossesse or Harmony Necklace or Pregnancy Necklace is a chiming necklace pendant said to provide harmony between the mother and her unborn child  - refer this detailed authoritative article on the 'Benefits of wearing a Harmony Ball during and after the pregnancy' which highlights the real benefit and dispels the myths.

Whatever name it is called, the buyer should be aware that there are two types of Harmony Balls, Bola Necklaces, Angel Callers etc - 'Real' and 'Copies' - 'Real' ones are Hand Made primarily of Sterling Silver - 'Copies' are mass produced in China and are 'only Plated silver' - only one will ever last to be a 'Keepsake' to hand on to your Daughter.

So with so many names, is there a difference between them? - basically not. The Harmony Ball originates from Bali, Indonesia whilst the Bola Necklace or Angel Caller or Bola de Grossesse are of Mexican origin - both cultures having used the chiming ball for wearing by expecting mothers, among other uses (for example the ancient chiming Druid Ball was worn in Battle by Scottish warriors).

The only real difference, aside from name and aside from the critically important 'Real' and 'Copies', is some variations in design, primarily culturally evolved variations of a theme.This article 'What is a Harmony Ball?' gives more insight into the history and cultural aspects of these necklaces, also called simply a Pregnancy Necklace

tree of life harmony ball

Sterling Silver Harmony Balls shown in the images in this post are available from  https://www.harmonyballpendant.com/ - use the discount coupon code on the right to get a bargain.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Harmony Balls make Wonderful Mother's Day Gifts

Harmony Balls are 'not worn exclusively' by women who are pregnant - Harmony Balls, also called Bola Necklace or Mexican Bola Necklace, are beautiful unique jewellery pieces in their own right and are worn by women of all ages, as a stunning piece of jewelry. Some 40% of genuine Sterling Silver Harmony Balls are purchased and worn by women who are not pregnant.

So give your Mother something really Special on Mother's Day - a stunning Harmony Ball.

Stunning Mother's Day Gifts at Mothers Day Australia including Chiming Harmony Ball Necklaces among many other wonderful Mother's Day Gift Ideas - surprise your Mum on her special day with a Chiming Harmony Ball Pendant - Mother's Day Gifts Australia Harmony Balls make wonderful Mothers Day Gifts

Chiming Harmony Balls

Mothers Day Australia offers a wonderful range of Chiming Harmony Ball pendants which make wonderful Mother's Day Gifts producing a lovely soothing chime sound with movement. If you are looking for something different as a Mothers Day Gift then a Chiming Harmony Ball necklace, with it's cultural history and the fact that it is a hand made beautiful jewellery piece is a wonderful Mother's Day Gift Idea. Every harmony ball is Hand Made by skilled Artisans using only Genuine 925 Sterling Silver and Genuine Gemstones.
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Another simply Wonderful Mother's Day Gift Idea is a 'Message Pendant' - on the scroll provided with the Sterling Silver pendant you can write a 'personal message to Mum', or even a poem or a small photo - Grandchildren can also write messages or do small drawings for their Grandmother

Unique Message Pendants

message pendants

Unique 'Message Pendant Necklaces' are a wonderful Mother's Day Gift Idea from Mother's Day Australia. Beautiful Artisan hand crafted Sterling Silver pendants featuring genuine Gemstones into which you can place a personal message to Mum using the scroll included - either a personal message of love, or a poem or even a photo. Grandchildren can write a message to their Nana or even do a small drawing.

Such a Special and 'Unique' Mothers Day Gift


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Monday, July 25, 2016

'Tree of Life' Harmony Balls

Incorporating the symbolism of the 'Tree of Life' with a Harmony Ball offers even more significance of the 'meaning of the Tree of Life' when the Harmony Ball is worn by someone who is pregnant - soon to give birth to a 'new Life' - a Harmony Ball is also called a Bola Necklace or Mexican Bola Necklace here is a selection of a much larger range available at www.harmonyballpendant.com and https://www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonyBalls



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Unique Artisan Design Harmony Ball Necklaces - Pink Collection

Some of the new Unique Artisan Designed and Crafted Harmony Ball Necklaces featuring the Pink Collection - simply stunning Harmony Ball Necklace designs featuring Rose Quartz, and Pink Moonstone in 925 Sterling Silver Pendants with Genuine 925 Sterling Silver Harmony Balls below.

unique harmony balls
You can find these and more at www.HarmonyBallPendant.com and www.HarmonyBall.net.au and https://www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonyBalls

A Harmony Ball Necklace is also called a Bola Necklace or a Mexican Bola Necklace

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Artisan Designed and Crafted Harmony Ball Necklaces

artisan designed harmony ball necklace 

Stunning Artisan Crafted Harmony Ball Necklaces

artisan designed harmony ball necklace 2 

 A UNIQUE range of Artisan designed and crafted Harmony Ball Necklaces have been released recently and are available at Harmony Balls shop on Etsy and also at www.HarmonyBall.net.au and www.HarmonyBallPendant.com

These UNIQUE Harmony Ball necklaces feature 925 Sterling Silver pendants set with genuine Gemstones and with a 925 Sterling Silver Harmony Ball included in the necklace. These unique items make wonderful jewellery pieces and could be a wonderful Mothers Day Gift idea.

A Harmony Ball is also called a Bola Necklace or Mexican Bola Necklace

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stunning ANGEL WINGS

Stunning ANGEL WINGS on a wonderful 925 Sterling Silver Heart shape Harmony Ball

Angel Wings on Heart Shape Harmony Ball


Stunning ANGEL WINGS on a wonderful 925 Sterling Silver Heart shape Harmony Ball

Angel Wings on Heart Shape Harmony Ball 

available at www.harmonyballpendant.com and www.harmonyball.net.au

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Harmony Ball is a Wonderful Christmas Gift

A Harmony Ball necklace makes a wonderful Christmas Gift - a Harmony Ball is a UNIQUE jewellery piece with Meaning.

Every Harmony Ball is HAND CRAFTED by Artisan Silversmiths on the island of Bali in Indonesia - crafted from Genuine 925 Sterling Silver and Genuine Gemstones (on many models).

Harmony Balls are treasured 'KEEPSAKE' jewellery items with special meaning.

Very Affordable with Dozens of designs UNDER $55.00 - here are some examples

available from  

Traditional styles Balinese Harnony Ball
Hinged cage style with Gemstone
Hinged cage style with Pearl
and some Unique Custom design examples;

Mother & Baby on 925 Heart shape Harmony Ball
Large Citrine Gem above Filigree Harmony Ball

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Shop Icon

Harmony Balls on Etsy has recently added a new icon to its shop.

harmony ball icon
New Shop Icon at HarmonyBalls on Etsy
The Harmony Ball used in this image displays the very best of the talents of the Balinese Artisan Silversmiths who make these wonderful jewelry items wholly by hand. There are a number of different Harmony Ball styles, the above being a hinged cage style, including the traditional Balinese Harmony Ball Necklace styles with intricate silverwork.

Maybe wear something like this next Harmony Day

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Article from People Magazine references this blog

http://www.people.com/article/paralyzed-bride-rachelle-friedman-chapman-necklace


See the Special Gift That Paralyzed Bride Rachelle Friedman Chapman Received from Her Surrogate


All About the Paralyzed Bride's Very Special Necklace
Rachelle Friedman Chapman, husband Chris and daughter Kaylee Rae
Rebecca Keller

05/07/2015 AT 04:55 PM EDT
When Laurel Humes was 20 weeks pregnant with paralyzed bride Rachelle Friedman Chapman and Chris Chapman's baby, she bought a very special necklace for the future mom.

The chime necklace, which is also known as a harmony ball, has been worn for centuries by pregnant women and is supposed to soothe the unborn baby.

"I got it when I was 20 weeks pregnant because that's when they say a baby can start to hear in utero," Humes, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom, tells PEOPLE exclusively. The Chapmans and Humes welcomed baby Kaylee Rae two weeks ago.

The necklace makes a soft sound like a wind chime. Humes gave Rachelle the necklace at the hospital shortly after giving birth.

"I wanted her to have something sentimental that the baby heard when I had her and that she now can continue to hear," she says.

Rachelle says she was touched by the gift.

"It means a lot to have the necklace," Rachelle, 29, of Knightdale, North Carolina, says. "It's the most thoughtful gift, and I think it's cool it went from her and now I can wear it and one day I can give it to Kaylee."

See the Special Gift That Paralyzed Bride Rachelle Friedman Chapman Received from Her Surrogate| Real People Stories
The harmony ball pendant the surrogate gave Rachelle
Rebecca Keller
Speaking of her 11-day-old baby girl, Rachelle admits she's secretly glad she had a daughter.

"I know I'm supposed to say that I would have been happy with either – and I would have been – but I love having Kaylee," she says. "Just having the connection. I really wanted a girl because I was a daddy's girl and I'm best friends with my mom."

Rachelle was paralyzed from the chest down after a May 2010 accident at her bachelorette party. Doctors told her that the medication she's on would make pregnancy dangerous.

College friend Humes carried Kaylee and continues to play an important role in her life, pumping breast milk and shipping it to the Chapmans, who live just outside of Raleigh, four hours away from her Asheville farm. The families plan to stay in touch throughout Kaylee's life.

"The pregnancy was exhausting, but it makes me feel really great to see the photos and how happy they are," Humes says.

And while she says it is complicated, it wasn't hard to give Kaylee to her parents.

"I don't think of it as giving her up," she says. "I think of it as giving her back. She was always theirs. She came to me as a five-day-old embryo." 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Harmony Ball Pendants and Local Traditions

Harmony Ball Pendant Design and Local Traditions. ©


It is known that a harmony ball pendant, also known by other names throughout the ages like druid balls, chime balls, bolas and others, were worn for more than just adornment. Harmony ball pendants were worn by different cultures in different regions for different reasons. Harmony ball pendants were also worn differently, sometimes as a necklace around the neck on a cord or a chain, sometimes attached to clothing again using a leather or twine cord or metal chain. Harmony balls were also made of different materials including metals and certain carved hardwoods and stone.

As much as harmony ball pendants varied greatly in design, shape, size and materials there was one commonality - these harmony ball pendants incorporated cultural and family traditions in their designs. The artisans of the time, local artisans from a village or community of villages or region will have used a particular design style pertaining to that region, something handed down from master artisan to apprentice through the generations. So a wearer of a harmony ball pendant could be recognized by others as being from a particular region or village by the design of the harmony ball.

In addition to the locality aspect of the harmony ball design the local artisan would also incorporate a family emblem component in the design for the wearer representing his or her clan. Often if the harmony ball was used by a warrior, as was the case with Celtic warriors in the wearing of the druid ball, a form of harmony ball. In this instance the artisan would incorporate a family or clan signature emblem into the intricate design of the harmony ball. The Celtic warriors wore the druid or harmony balls for their calming effect before a battle. In the aftermath of a bloody battle the survivors would collect the harmony (druid) ball pendants off the dead to take home to their families.

Silver, or a silver alloy similar to sterling silver was the choice of metal used by the artisans making harmony balls, in regions where the precious metal and metalsmithing skills were available. In other cases the artisan would use a local hardwood or soft stone to carve out the harmony ball shape and indeed the small bell. Much of the skill in making the harmony ball without the aid of todays technology was in making it hollow, making a small bell and inserting it inside the harmony ball without leaving an opening that would allow the small bell to fall out.

Pregnancy harmony ball pendants were worn by a number of cultures. It is said that the soft chiming sound of the harmony ball pendant would soothe and calm the unborn baby in the womb, and after birth it would soothe the newborn baby. Most women wore the harmony ball as a necklace on a long chain that would position the harmony ball over their abdomen, as close to the womb as possible. Some though wore the harmony ball on a shorter necklace, usually cord or chain, so that the pendant did not get in the way as they tended the crops or did their weaving.

Pregnancy harmony balls were often made by women elders who included the tradition of the womans family in their design, not unlike caretakers of the traditional values. Most women would hand down their harmony ball to their female child when she herself became pregnant although many times the harmony ball construction would render it very fragile and they would often break, keeping the local harmony ball maker very busy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Birthstone Gemstones used on Harmony Ball Pendants

Birthstone Harmony Balls have even more Meaning

A Harmony Ball is a wonderful jewelry piece with Meaning, it has a story and in the case of pregnant women a definitive benefit (Advantages of Wearing a Harmony Ball During and After Pregnancy).

The addition of a Birthstone Gemstone adds even more meaning to the wearer - the pendant takes on a personal attachment with the Birthstone representative of the month of birth of the wearer.

For a woman who is carrying a child the wearing of a Harmony Ball with a Birthstone offers two choices, a Gemstone representing their own birth month or the expected birth month of their yet to be born baby. You can find a comprehensive range of Birthstone Harmony Balls here.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wikipedia references this Harmony Ball blog

The following is a reference in Wikipedia referencing this blog - we are proud that our content is recognized by Wikipedia as being authoritative on the subject of Harmony Balls.

Bola (pregnancy bell)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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A Bola is a bell worn by women on a long necklace during their pregnancy.[1] It is traditionally used in Mexico and Bali and is know under other names, such as harmony ball and pregnancy bell. The ball hangs low on the abdomen so the gentle chime soothes the baby as mother moves. When the baby is born, the baby is believed to be extra soothed by the sound because the child associates it with its time in the womb.
References
O'Shannessy, Mike. "What is a Harmony Ball?".

Categories: Human pregnancy, Types of jewellery

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Benefits of Wearing a Harmony Ball During and After Pregnancy


A Harmony Ball is essentially a chime pendant, a lovely piece of jewelry originating from Bali in Indonesia. As the name implies a Harmony Ball can bring a sense of calm and harmony to the wearer as the pendant emits a soft but just audible chime sound with movement, creating a relaxing effect in a similar way that the sound of a rippling brook or small waves gently lapping the shore is relaxing. A harmony Ball is also known in Mexico as a Bola (Spanish for Ball) or Bola Necklace or Angel Caller. 

Pregnancy Harmony Ball


Aside from bringing a sense of calm and harmony to the wearer, the Harmony Ball (Bola) has been worn for centuries by pregnant women in Balinese and Mayan cultures for the calming effect it can have on the unborn baby in the womb. Unfortunately this is where western society’s interpretation of the benefits of a harmony ball stops, the ‘during pregnancy’ phase. This doesn’t make a lot of sense really – does the unborn baby in the warmth and comfort of the womb need calming? I think not, there is no reason for the baby to be stressed inside the womb. Stresses in life begin after we are born, right.

So if this is the case then what is the real benefit of wearing a harmony ball during pregnancy? Why have women in Balinese and Mayan cultures been wearing these chime pendants for centuries?


The pregnant woman will wear the harmony ball on a long chain or cord so that the harmony ball pendant rests somewhere on her ‘bump’. As the mother-to-be goes about her daily tasks the pendant will move emitting the soft chime sound which is only just audible. This sound will penetrate into the womb and will be even softer.

An unborn baby will begin to hear at about 20 weeks gestation so your unborn baby will begin to hear your soothing voice and your loving words, and the baby will also hear the soft chime sound of the harmony ball. Of course the unborn baby will hear other sounds too however particularly in the quiet surroundings of the home away from loud noises the baby will hear the soothing chime sound every time mum moves, whilst doing her housework, or simply getting up off the sofa to make a cup of coffee and even at the supermarket or walking down a quiet street - anytime she moves. Aside from mums own voice the sound of the harmony ball will be the most frequently common sound a baby in the womb will hear (sorry Dads).

The real benefit of the Harmony Ball worn during pregnancy comes after the baby is born!

The real benefit comes during breastfeeding.  In the short term after coming out from the warmth and comfort of the womb breastfeeding can be a stressful period for the newborn (and that can affect mum too). Newborn babies have one priority and that is to feed. Breastfeeding (nursing) is often a wonderful experience however it can be a very stressful time for baby and mum at times.


Soon after birth mum will shorten up her long harmony ball pregnancy necklace so that it is now around her breastbone area so whilst breastfeeding and gently rocking her newborn the chime sound from her harmony ball will be heard by the baby. It is a familiar sound to your baby, a sound associated with warmth and comfort. In addition to mums soft soothing words as her baby feeds the newborn hears the familiar chime. We are all much more comfortable and relaxed when we are in a familiar environment with familiar sights, sounds and smells – so too is baby.
As the newborn grows he or she will extend their little hand to touch that shiny thing around mums neck and play with it and enjoy that familiar sound. Because baby is calmer then so is mum – many of the stresses often associated with breastfeeding for some mothers, are now taken care of – not necessarily on every occasion but often enough for there to be a tangible benefit.

And as time passes and mum stops wearing her harmony ball there are times she may bring it out of its place of safe keeping and give it a shake or two to entertain or calm a young toddler.

a few examples of over 250 Pregnancy Harmony Ball designs available

In Balinese culture a harmony ball becomes a keepsake, passed on from Mother to Daughter.   

Harmony Balls come in a wide variety of designs with many having gemstones and are made from Sterling Silver making then a lovely piece of jewelry suitable as a keepsake. In fact many women wear harmony ball necklaces simply for the reason that they are a beautiful and often stunning piece of jewelry - you do not have to be pregnant to enjoy wearing a gorgeous Harmony Ball Necklace.

Harmony Balls with Birthstone Gemstones add another dimension – not only are they a fabulous jewelry item but also mothers-to-be can choose to wear a harmony ball with their Birthstone gemstone, or as many do they select a Harmony Ball with the Birthstone which is for the expected birth month of their baby, adding even more significance to the jewelry item becoming a keepsake and being passed on to the child. Even if the baby is a boy it can be a keepsake from his birth that he could eventually pass on to his daughter – or even mum to her daughter-in-law.

The custom of wearing a harmony ball has been carried out for a long time in Balinese and Mayan cultures so the benefits to mum and baby are likely to be realized in western society also. My personal experience is that it works, at least to a degree and any help is good help.

Mothers of newborn (and older) babies have searched for centuries for ways to keep a baby calm, quiet, entertained – we use pacifiers, rattles, music, singing, rocking, toys and mobiles dangling over the cot(crib, bassinet) and many other things – put many of these together and you have …. a Harmony Ball.

** footnote -  Before buying a Harmony Ball please read this article FAKE Sterling Silver Harmony Balls ... Don't be misled into buying Fake Chinese Copies

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

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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