Mouthblown Glass Friendship Globes

An Old 12th Century Celtic Tradition from Ireland, Wales, Scotland & Cornwall

The History & Sentiment Behind Glass Friendship Globes

'Friendship Globes' are known by many names including fairy balls, witch balls, spirit balls, and kugels. At the end of their working day, the glass blowers would use up the leftover molten glass by blowing these small ornamental globes to be given as tokens of love and friendship on special occasions. This ancient 12th Century tradition is still carried on today! These beautiful & decorative Glass Friendship Globes can be hung in a window to stream coloured light into a room or hung outside in trees to add more colour to a garden.

Each Friendship Globe is hand made and blown by mouth using recycled glass making each friendship globe completely unique. A ball is a circle, No beginning, no end Like a Circle of Friends. These glass balls are marketed in many ways. Witch balls, spirit balls, spirit catchers, friendship globes, gazing balls, wishing balls, and so on. Each having a little bit of home grown folklore attached to make the item unique or extra special. Hang them in trees, to brighten up the garden! Perfect to catch the sunâ€â„¢s rays when hung in a window!

A Great Gift For All Occasions!

Engagement & Wedding Gifts

These Beautiful globes, have the tree of life enclosed within they are given as a gift to reflect your blossoming relationship. An unusual, sentimental gift idea

Christenings & Naming Days

The Perfect Gift for Christenings or New Arrivals, a unique token of love and protection for a new little person, hang in the nursery and watch the coloured light stream in with swirly patterns, a feast for little eyes and big ones alike! Mouthblown Glass Friendship Globes are also perfect for: Weddings, Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays, New Home Gifts, Get Well Soon Gifts, even Christmas! Friendship Globes look Great, pride of place on the Christmas Tree.
These beautiful hand blown glass window ornaments are traditionally known as symbols of friendship. They sparkle in the light the way a good friend brings sparkle to your life. The colors swirl and mingle across the surface of the ball enhancing each other just as the talents and varied personalities of your friends bring color to your life.
These balls have intriguing ripples and ridges making them a delight to touch as well as behold. Just Like Friends...No Two Are Alike.Gazing balls have as varied and colorful a history as they are themselves. The first recorded history of these hand-blown glass garden accents dates back to the 12th century where they were made in Venice. In 1612 an Italian priest, Antonio Neri, named them "Spheres of Light".

They have been known by many names - Gazing Globes, Rose Balls, Good Luck Balls, Victorian Balls, Witch Balls, and Garden Globes. Also called"Globes of Happiness", they have been used symbolically as wedding gifts - said to bring the bride happiness in her new home. In the 16th century Francis Bacon stated that a proper garden would have round colored balls for the sun to play upon. They gained their current widespread popularity during Victorian times, being used both indoors as well as in the garden. One interior use was in dining rooms and on sideboards. Placed in such a way, the servant could gaze discreetly into the ball and see who may need a refill without standing and staring throughout the meal. A collection of lore from different sources includes the following: Place the ball close to the front door of a house so that if a witch comes calling, she will see her reflection in the ball and stay there to stare at herself. Called "Garden Gazers" in the South, they were placed at the gate to the front yard so that those sitting on the porches could see who was coming, and have time to either go in and close the door, or go to prepare a glass of ice tea for the guest. Used in Victorian gardens, a young woman would gaze into them in hopes to catch a glimpse of her future husband.

Witch Balls

Commonly they are known to fend off misfortune, illness and evil, and to bestow happiness to the owner. The original Victorian Gazing Balls were small (4 inches) hanging balls of either gold or blue glass. They were hung in the front room windows to repel witches the belief being the witch would see her reflection, and being repulsed by it, would leave.The Witch Ball is used for protection against evil spells, witches, negativity, sickness, and ill fortune. Traditionally, Witch Balls are hung in an east window. However, any area around your home, whether in a window, porch, on a desk, or even outside in a garden, is a perfect spot to place a Witch Ball to ward off negative energy. These Decorative Glass Balls are also traditionally placed in nursrey rooms as a protection for babies and children.

Witch Ball Magnetism

The magical story behind the Witch Ball's function varies a little. Most legends agree, however, that it is the beautiful colors and fascinating dimensions of the balls that attract the negative energy surroundingit.