The Tibetans were the first ones to be using singing bowls dating back to more or less a thousand years ago. Bowls found in India and Asia with date of 3,000 years ago were thought to have been the origin of the singing bowls of Tibet, but it was later on discovered that they are just different. In Tibetan culture, the singing bowls have been found to be used by shamans when they were doing their rituals.
In the past, when singing bowls came to exist, they were made of five, seven, or nine various metals. The most commonly used metals for singing bowls include gold, silver, mercury, copper, tin, and iron. However, in the past, it was also believed that the most commonly used singing bowls included the use of meteorites.
The most recent singing bowls that are made of metal are now being made by more or less the same kinds of metals that were used in the past by the Tibetans. However, modern singing bowls made use of casts that can help them look and make more or less the same, and you will not have a hard time learning how to play them as they are just very easy to play all at the same time. Yes, you can always but the antique singing bowls; however, you will then learn that they are more expensive and can be very hard to find.
If you are more after personalization of your singing bowls, you can get them in crystal singing bowl materials that will let you choose what you want it to be made in the best possible way. You can also get crystal singing bowls that are made of composite materials; however, having singing bowls with the same sound is just useless in terms of the singing bowl that you are using.
There are several uses of singing bowls; the most common will be suing them for meditating as they are capable of letting you achieve a higher state of meditation. Metal singing bowls can make a high pitch sound that will serve great for people who would want to achieve some sort of meditation into their lives.
When you buy your own singing bowls, you will not be having a hard time using them as they are just very easy to use allowing you to meditate by striking it with a singing stick and having it rotated in similar directions. If you do some yoga, you can also greatly benefit from singing bowls made of crystal that will allow you to properly meditate.