Is there anything sweeter than hearing the melodic tinkle of wind chimes as the breeze blows through the trees on a warm spring day?
Wind chimes have been around since prehistoric times; archeologists have found them in Southeast Asia dating from as long ago as 3,000 B.C. Once believed to scare away evil spirits and attract friendly ones, wind chimes are still popular today, both for their aesthetic and auditory appeal.
As the seasons change and frigid winter gusts turn into gentle spring days, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space with a bed of flowers, maybe a birdhouse or two, and the best wind chimes to bring music to your patio or yard.
Available in many different styles, wind chimes can be made from bamboo, ceramic, glass, aluminum, wood, and more. Each has its own distinct sound, and different people prefer different types. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorites in a variety of materials. One of them is sure to charm you. Keep scrolling to see Woman’s World’s top picks for the best wind chimes!
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1. Best Ceramic Wind Chime
Family Tree Chime
Where to buy: $95, Uncommon Goods
Handcrafted by artist Gina DeSantis, this beautiful wind chime has the names of your loved ones stamped on its pretty ceramic leaves, making it as meaningful as it is beautiful. Each chime has 10 leaves; choose to have all of them engraved, or just a few. Every time the wind blows, the gentle jingle will remind you of the people closest to you.
2. Best Aluminum Wind Chime
Regal Precision-Tuned Double Wind Chime
Where to buy: $132.48, Home Depot
For the serious wind chime-lover or musician, this aluminum and steel pick choice features two separate sets of chimes. The outer ring is tuned to a major six-toned scale, and the inner set of four is pitched at a higher octave. This makes for a lovely harmony that will ring through the trees and delight all who hear it.
3. Best Bamboo Wind Chime
Cohasset Antique Double Bamboo Wind Chime
Where to buy: $56.34, Amazon
Bamboo makes for a warm, relaxing tone that goes well in a Zen garden or other place where you want to meditate or just rest. Handmade in Bali, these chimes are crafted from bamboo and coconut wood, and each is unique, with small variations that reflect the character of the artist who made it.
4. Best Glass Wind Chime
Highland Dunes Penryn Spring Leaves Wind Chime
Where to buy: $38.99 (Originally $41.99), Wayfair
This bright and cheerful glass wind chime is perfect for spring, with green stained glass leaves cascading from rustic driftwood. Glass chimes give off the lightest, spriteliest of tinkles, for a playful sound that will fill your spirit with sunshine and make you smile — even on the gloomiest of days.
5. Best Bronze Wind Chime
Woodstock Chimes of Pluto
Where to buy: $26.44 (Originally $28.45), Amazon
Tuned to a traditional, pentatonic (five-note) scale, this rust-resistant wind chime will stand up to all kinds of weather and fill your outdoor space with song. A removable windcatcher offers an easy way to customize this chime to suit your style, and a lifetime guarantee means it will stay in tune year after year.
6. Best Shell Wind Chime
Capiz Solar Mobile Wind Chime
Where to buy: $59.99, Wayfair
Love the look of wind chimes, but not the sound?This solar-powered mobile is made of beautiful, translucent capiz shells that spin silently in the sunlight, for a quietly enchanting experience. Mount this one indoors, on a window or mirror that gets direct sunlight, and enjoy its magical motion all year round.
7. Best Stone Wind Chime
Netpree Nupuyai Wind Chimes
Where to buy: From $18.99, Amazon
Available in 22 different styles, each made from unique and brilliant-colored stones such as crystal and agate (pictured above, $36.99), these wind chimes give off a distinctly bohemian vibe. Each stone has its own healing properties — agate is said to be beneficial to relationships, while rose quartz ($19.69) is known as “the love stone.”
8. Best Beaded Wind Chime
Bead and Bell Wind Chimes
Where to buy: $29.98 for a set of two, Cost Plus World Market
Another bohemian-inspired choice, these colorful beaded wind chimes are handcrafted in India and come in a set of two: red beads with gold bells, and cool hues of green with silver bells. Hang them outside or inside, but keep these delicate strands safe from inclement weather, as they won’t stand up to the elements.
9. Best Porcelain Wind Chime
Pigeon Toe Porcelain Wind Chime
Where to buy: From $48, Food52
This minimalist wind chime features handmade blue porcelain discs and will lend a cool, clean look to a patio or deck. When the wind blows, their gentle melody will transport you to your happy place. Strung on a brown leather cord, they come in a set of four ($48), or eight ($72).