The Rakhis that are made by using the pieces of precious and semi-precious stones are called Stone Rakhis. A Rakhi decorated with various kinds of glittering stone pieces looks just marvelous. The precious stone is wound around a colorful silk thread to make a beautiful Stone Rakhi. These Rakhis are very popular in North-west India, West India and sometimes in West Bengal. Since they come in a wide variety the prices tend to fluctuate between the affordable and expensive brackets.
Lapis lazuli is a stone with one of the longest traditions of being considered a gem, with a history stretching back to 5000 BC. Deep blue in color and opaque, this gemstone was highly prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, as can be seen by its prominent use in many of the treasures recovered from pharaonic tombs. It is still extremely popular today. Lapis lazuli rakhis are rather expensive seeing as how the stone is rare. Yet it is also the most popular precious stone so there are people who buy the Lapis lazuli rakhis at exorbitant rates.
The name comes from the Greek methuskein ("to intoxicate"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Traditionally Amethyst was one of the cardinal stones (diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald), however much of its value plummeted as large quantities of it was discovered in locations such as Brazil. According to Leonardo Da Vinci an amethyst gets rid of evil thoughts and brings forward intelligence. Amethyst Rakhis are not very expensive and they are easily available almost the whole year round. Amongst the stone Rakhis they are sold in the highest numbers.
The word turquoise is very old and likely is derived from the French 'pierre turquoise', meaning Turkish stone. This is thought to have arisen from a misconception: turquoise does not occur in Turkey but was traded there, and the gem became associated with the country in the West. Turquoise Rakhis are priced on the basis of the clarity of the stone much like the way diamonds are priced. However, turquoise, even the finest kind, is rather affordable. A very suitable Special Rakhi gift would be a wonderful turquoise Rakhi.