Wind chimes have been around since prehistoric times, when
strings of shells were strung from trees near dwellings. They
were a crude form of home decorating that may very well have
been man’s earliest attempt at beautifying his environment.
As we enter the spring season many people will be enhancing
their environment with the addition of wind chimes. Yet many
people are unfamiliar with versatile uses, interesting history,
or symbolic significance that has made wind chimes such a
popular and treasured addition to yard and home décor.
How much do you know about wind chimes? Test your chime savvy by
taking the true or false test below.
(Answers provided below)
1. Although humans may like the sound made by wind chimes, birds
for the most part are scared away.
2. In China, wind chimes are reserved for sacred temple purposes.
3. According to early folklore legends, a wind chime hung over
the doorway to a home brought good luck to the first person of
the day to pass under them.
4. Wind chimes purported to be “precision tuned,” are in
fact, just regular chimes with tubular pipes instead of
5. Both the diameter and the length of the pipe affect the tone
of a wind chime.
6. The type metal that sounds best when the striker hits the pipe
7. Certain tones produced by a wind chime are believed to have a
8. Wind chimes can usually be purchased in a department store for
less money than anywhere else.
9. One of the reasons why wind chimes make perfect gifts for
Mother’s Day and terrific anniversary gifts is because of
their symbolic meaning.
10. Although a popular enhancement for garden yard décor, the
use of chimes is prohibited in the Bible.
11. The secret to producing the sweetest sound possible has to do
with the point of contact between striker and pipe.
12. The “Feng Shui” is the chromatic scale used to enhance
the rich tones made by precision tuned pipes.
1. False: Birds and many other forms of wildlife enjoy listening
to the soothing tones made by tuned chimes.
2. False: Many people in the Orient use wind chimes as part of
their unique home décor, whether strictly for feng shui
purposes or simply decorative art.
3. False: They were hung over the door way to keep out wicked
spirits, and to ward off evil omens.
4. False: Precision tuned chimes are exactly what they say.
Offering a soothing, relaxing medley of notes instead of the
sometimes irritating bang and clang of ordinary kinds of chimes.
5. True: Smaller diameter pipes produce a higher tone than pipes
longer and/or larger in diameter.
6. False: High grade aluminum produces a better sound in wind
chimes; some aluminum pipes are treated to look like copper. But
this is for decorative purposes only.
7. True: Some tones do have a healing effect; calming our minds,
relieving stress, awakening our spirits, and improving our
8. False: Many times you can purchase wind chimes online, where
ease of shopping and selection is better. Some of the best buys
for quality, precision tuned chimes can also be found online.
9. True: They are symbolic of harmony and peace.
10. False: The Bible does not address the matter, and there is no
reason to avoid their use. Chimes are a lovely enhancement of
nature, and their “song” a celebration of the creation that
11. True: The “anti-nodes,” or points of contact that vibrate
the most to produce the sweetest sounds, are located in the
middle and at both ends of the pipe.
12. False: Chime pipes sound best (in my opinion) when tuned to
the pentatonic scale, the same scale used to tune a piano’s
black keys. Feng shui has to do with harmony and balance.
About the Author: Stephen Betzen is a loving
husband/supporter/and friend to his wife Rachel Betzen. Rachel
and Stephen are dedicated to socially and ethically responsible
business practices. Lovers of gardening and simple living. They
sell wind chimes online.