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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Allure of Gazing Balls

Are you planning on something unique to put in your yard or garden? Perhaps you have seen a certain type of decoration in other people’s gardens and you wonder what they are and where they came from. Metal Garden Yard Art Balls Spheres, also known as Gazing Balls or Garden Globes, are unique additions to any yard or garden. They come in a wide variety of colors and vary in size from 2 to 22 inches in diameter with the average size of 12 inches in diameter. Not only are they just an ornament to enhance your landscape, they also have a fascinating history.

Gazing Balls are one of the oldest known garden decor ornaments in history that date back as far as the 13th century in Venice, Italy. They have also been the subject of many myths and legends. Many people thought that having a gazing ball will bring prosperity and good luck to their homes and families as well as abundance to their gardens. Metal Garden Yard Art Balls Spheres were also placed near the door of the residence to keep away evil spirits. In the Victorian Era, they were given to people as gifts of true friendship and were given the name friendship balls. For families who had daughters that were dating, these delightful spheres were used to spy on the daughter and her suitor to make sure that they were behaving properly. Gazing balls were also used by servants of upper class homes and were placed right outside the dining room door on a pedestal. To see if the diners needed anything, the servants would glance at the reflection of the room in the ball right outside the doorway.

Even though they are mostly used for decoration in today’s yards and gardens, gazing balls are still popular pieces of garden decor. Not only do they come in different colors and sizes, they are made from a variety of materials; from glass, to stainless steel to ceramic.

They're sure to brighten your garden space and get the conversation flowing!


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