Where do crystal singing bowls come from?
Crystal singing bowls are wonderful sound and vibratory instruments. They are among the sacred instruments of our contemporary world.
Do they have the same origins as Tibetan bowls? To be honest, no! Designed in France and patented by SAINT-GOBAIN, crystal singing bowls, made from natural quartz are manufactured by an industrial process.
They are not at all carved directly from quartz! In fact, the fracture lines at the core of a rock crystal are too big for a crucible to be carved without splitting the crystal.
The crystal bowl was originally a laboratory crucible which was used primarily due to its high resistance to PH variations, both acid and alkaline, and a very high melting temperature. It does not melt when heated.
How is a crystal singing bowl made?
To obtain an immaculate vessel,
i.e. sanded-glazed, there are four steps:
- Firstly, the quartz or silicon dioxide is reduced to powder and impurities are removed.
- Secondly, the quartz powder is placed in a very high-temperature furnace to obtain its crystallisation. The fluid matter thus obtained is poured by centrifugation into a cast to form its definitive shape.
- The bowl is then treated with a gas to give it a frosted appearance.
- In the fourth step, it is cleaned in several water baths, then cooled by sandblasting. To finish, it is lightly polished.
The octave and the note of the bowl are co-related to its diameter, height and thickness.
To obtain a clear-sensitive vessel,
i.e. a transparent bowl.
The cooling process is slightly different. It is not treated with gas. It is, however, polished to give it a pure transparency, which will also define the musical note.
To make a bowl in 24k gold, silver or platinum
For this, a clear-sensitive bowl must be made. Noble metals are then added by electrolysis, in several layers if necessary.
To make a crystal bowl in titanium
This also starts with making a clear-sensitive bowl. It is then injected with titanium gas. This gas gives the bowl its lovely colourful sheen and its ‘mirror’ effect. Therefore, there is only one solid matter here, quartz, and a gas.
To make a crystal bowl in a palette of colours
Read the article on colouration by nanoparticles HERE
Engraved crystal singing bowls
This is based on the physical principle that quartz has memory properties. Crystal bowls can thus be informed by a wave engraved in the matter. This is the case when they are laser-engraved with a symbol or significant shape. This is done with bowls in the Buddhist, Cosmic-consciousness, Egyptian, alchemist, Divine Couple and the 7 Sacred Flames ranges, among others. We designed the CristalvibraSons creations and engravings. They are however, universal enough that your quartz vessel will not be programmed by our personal energies. This is fundamental to our approach and our values.
Coloured crystal bowls
You can find bowls sold with gems in retail outlets. Be careful, because they are a slight distortion of the reality. Take amethyst, for example (although this also applies to other gems).
Amethyst is not at the origin of the purple colouring of the bowls, despite the sales claim. This is only an appellation to designate purple-coloured bowls, even if a small proportion of the gem has been integrated into the quartz (3% - 5%). In fact, for these so-called amethyst bowls, the colour is due to an interference in the crystal network, caused by a low radioactive environment. This means that when we heat an amethyst for example, it turns a sort of yellow colour. What actually happens is that, at a high temperature, its crystal structure changes to citrine, and if it is heated more, the colour disappears completely!
In this case, the bowls are in reality re-coloured by chromatophoric elements, i.e. their colour is due to their electronic structure.
Where to find crystal singing bowls
On the online boutique www.cristalvibrasons.com, you will only find crystal singing bowls in natural quartz (no synthetic quartz). Certain bowls are considered ‘exceptional’ because their vibratory weave makes them genuine jewels. These are associated with noble metals (24k gold, silver and platinum), or titanium gas which gives them a coloured sheen. For the other colours, rare earth (metal-rich earth) or colour coatings give the desired light frequency.
In every case, each bowl has its unique spirals, fundamental note and struck note.
Certain vessels emit very powerful sound frequencies, while others dance on incredibly subtle ones...and no bowl is ‘better’ than another.