Definition of aquamarine in US English:

aquamarine

noun

  • 1A precious stone consisting of a light bluish-green variety of beryl.

    • ‘Generally, there was a higher demand for yellow and pink tourmaline, as well as medium to deep blue aquamarine followed by amethyst and pinkish garnets.’
    • ‘He states that the varieties of beryl are aquamarine, emerald, morganite, and red beryl, but he does not mention heliodor (a.k.a. golden beryl) and goshenite.’
    • ‘The other gems include aquamarines, beryl and moonstones, which are designed to suit one's personality.’
    • ‘The beryl inclusions occur as acicular to hairlike crystals of aquamarine, pale bluish-green in color and clearly hexagonal in cross section.’
    • ‘Fine aquamarine continues to be mined here, but it is getting harder to find.’
    • ‘The Oxford Hills in western Maine are known throughout the world as prolific sources of such gems as tourmaline, amethyst, and aquamarine as well as many rare mineral species.’
    • ‘And the stones used include corals, lemon topaz, tourmalines, amethysts, aquamarines, peridots, and ‘other stones with a subtle yet distinctive colour’.’
    • ‘Among the products that were marketed were emeralds, tourmalines, aquamarine, amethyst, citrini and industrial minerals such as talc and lime.’
    • ‘‘The miners showcased various high-quality gemstones, including, emerald, amethyst, aquamarine, tourmaline and garnet,’ he said.’
    • ‘Single aquamarine crystals, both cloudy and gem clear, have been found as float on the alpine slopes.’
    • ‘My mother opened the chest and with her slender fingers brought out a beautiful Egyptian necklace made of shimmering aquamarines, lapis-lazuli, onyx, and sapphire!’
    • ‘Her collection is not large, but it includes mica, aquamarine, tourmaline, and other pretty stones.’
    • ‘Smoky quartz, topaz, and microcline variety amazonite from the Pikes Peak Granite and beryl variety aquamarine from Mount Antero are well-known Colorado gemstones from pegmatites.’
    • ‘The traditional kundan work has also been embellished with semi-precious and precious stones and beads such as tourmalines, tanzanites, opals, aquamarine and peridots.’
    • ‘There are subheadings under several deposit types for many species; for the beryl gems, emerald and aquamarine and other beryl deposits are treated separately.’
    • ‘Other faceted stones include bright emerald-green demantoid garnets, golden citrines and heliodors, and large faceted aquamarines with colors of sky-blue and sea-green.’
    • ‘Zambian gemstones be they emeralds, amethyst, aquamarine and other types of precious and semi-precious stones are of very high quality and can, if properly managed, earn the country billions of Kwacha.’
    • ‘Beryl was discovered on the property in 1976, and aquamarine in 2003.’
    • ‘Before nightfall, the group had seen amethyst, citrine, imperial topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and even alexandrite.’
    • ‘Again, it is assumed that readers know aquamarine is beryl, amethyst is quartz, and Iceland spar is calcite but cannot grapple with the complexity of remembering that spessartine and grossular are garnets.’
    1. 1.1 A light bluish-green color.
      as modifier ‘the aquamarine water’
      ‘the aquamarine of the Atlantic Ocean’
      • ‘Infinite shades of ice blue, aquamarine, cool greens and glinting whites put me in mind of an ice palace for an underwater ice queen - a deep frozen mermaid perhaps?’
      • ‘Unlike the others the girls had worn, this one had an aquamarine hue.’
      • ‘The curving strip of yellow sand glistened and the water radiated a vivid aquamarine.’
      • ‘I am told that on more than a few occasions, those who were lured by the aquamarine waters of the beaches on those islands have been chased away by gunfire from certain owners.’
      • ‘He met her gaze and noted how her dress drew out the green tint of her aquamarine eyes.’
      • ‘Eye colour can vary from bright green through to aquamarine or dark blue.’
      • ‘With a few sips you can see the aquamarine waters, feel the gentle breeze, and start swaying like a palm frond.’
      • ‘Our last stop is a spot called Emerald Cave, where the sun's rays don't reach the water, but the water glows a vivid aquamarine, as if lit from below.’
      • ‘They left us as the cobalt blue waters of the deep changed to aquamarine above the massed reefs of coral.’
      • ‘Your lucky colour is aquamarine and you have absolutely no chance of winning the lottery.’
      • ‘Lively canna lilies bloom on framed tiles in mint greens and aquamarines reminiscent of Mexican art.’
      • ‘In a brief but dazzling flash of sumptuous vermilion and aquamarine, the kingfisher was gone, darting out of sight beneath the willows which brush the cool, clear waters of the Little Stour.’
      • ‘Instead of the pure primary or secondary colors one expects to see in paintings that make reference to modernism, these canvases are often dominated by peculiar shades of hot pink, chartreuse, wine red or aquamarine.’
      • ‘The soft, milky, aquamarine colour comes from the blue-green algae that thrives in the lagoon and white Silica mud, which carpets the bottom with a light natural sediment.’
      • ‘The general palette of black, white and gray is broken up by flecks of orange, red, aquamarine, brown and purple, creating a subtle sense of internal struggle.’
      • ‘New research in the United States revealed yesterday that the average shade of what they called the ‘cosmic spectrum’ is a greenish hue halfway between aquamarine and turquoise.’
      • ‘Within this unique ecosystem, high levels of silica, minerals and algae form a light sediment at the bottom of the lagoon, giving it a soft milky aquamarine colour.’
      • ‘There are walking paths down through olive and citrus groves to the Mediterranean where you can strip off and swim in the aquamarine water.’
      • ‘The aquamarine colour of the water glowed from the pools lights and reflected on the walls, making it the only source of light in the room.’
      • ‘The colors ranged from pale blue to aquamarine to dark green, and there were dark brown or black strands woven throughout.’
      greenish, viridescent
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Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin aqua marina ‘seawater’.

Pronunciation