Sterling Silver Harmony Ball Pendants
Sterling Silver Harmony Ball pendants present a number
of design and skill challenges for a silversmith. Most harmony ball pendants are hand crafted by highly skilled
village artisan silversmiths in places like Indonesia using techniques handed down through generations. The
artistry and craftsmanship is exceptional as the following examples show, particularly given the very basic
tools and methods used to make these beautiful Sterling Silver Harmony Balls.
This traditional Balinese Sterling Silver Harmony Ball begins with a solid sterling silver ball containing
the chime bell inside, so it is made in two halves then soldered together (at the centre band). Then each
and every other detail on the ball is individually placed by the silversmith including every single tiny
silver ball. The artisan silversmiths use the sap from a locally grown tree as the 'glue' or bonding
agent for all the fine detail (soldering would be almost impossible for such fine pieces). Quite masterful
work. This harmony ball measures 18mm (3/4") in diameter.
This hinged cage style harmony ball is made from two caste halves to which then is
fitted a hinge on one side (obscured) and a latch on the opposite side (seen above). Also added is the
'pillar' into which is set a gemstone, in this case it is a cubiic zirconia (CZ), and also the hinged bail
system. The 'chime ball' is contained inside the cage - they can be made from Sterling Silver, Brass or in
this image a red resin coated brass chime ball is used.
The following are links to the various sections in an Etsy Harmony Ball shop where you will find many more examples of these
Harmony Ball Pendant
Dream Harmony Balls
Traditional Balinese Harmony
Heart shape Harmony Balls
Tree of Life Harmony Balls
Harmony Ball Earrings