aqua·​ma·​rine | \ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn, ˌa-\

Definition of aquamarine 

1 : a transparent blue, blue-green, or green variety of beryl used as a gem

2 : a pale blue to light greenish blue

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Aquamarine Has Latin Roots

Aqua marina * is Latin for "seawater", so when a lovely blue-green form of the semiprecious gem known as beryl was given an English name several centuries ago, *aquamarine seemed appropriate. Aquamarine is the ideal color that most of us carry around in our heads when we imagine the waters that lap the shores of the Greek and Caribbean islands on a sunny day. But even the Mediterranean and the Caribbean can take on lots of other colors depending on weather conditions.

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Blue has been having a major beauty moment, showing up on the lids of everyone from Millie Bobby Brown to Cardi B. Lily Collins even sported her take on the trend last year, wearing an aquamarine shadow that left us with major princess vibes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Matched Her Blue Dress to Her Manicure, Pedicure, and Eyeshadow," 11 Oct. 2018 There are colors—fuchsias and emeralds and aquamarines—and embellishments: Tiny rhinestones adorn tanks, spelling out names of brands or lining the collar to create the illusion of a necklace. Marina Khorosh, Vogue, "Can You Change Your Mother’s Style—Or Should You?," 11 May 2018 The space consists of The 1 Rooftop bar, multiple lounge areas, and—best of all—a geometric, aquamarine-tinted pool (set to officially debut later this month) that overlooks the East River. Jenna Gottlieb, Vogue, "The Hottest Hotel Pools to Cool Down In This Summer," 21 June 2018 Also key to Chan’s success are his (relatively) accessible prices, which start at around $50 (for a green onyx bar bracelet) and go up to almost $10,000 for a 14-karat rose gold aquamarine diamond ring. Patti Greco, Glamour, "How Kyle Chan Became the Unofficial Jeweler to the Stars on Bravo," 28 June 2018 Kate’s engagement ring, for example, was originally Diana’s, and Meghan wore Diana’s famous aquamarine ring at the royal wedding reception. Maura Hohman,, "The Hidden, Sentimental Meaning Behind the Songs at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 An aquamarine door leads to a spacious living room that flows into an efficient eat-in kitchen then a mud room. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Renovated ’50s bungalow wants $599K," 11 June 2018 To top off the entire look, Meghan wore Princess Diana’s priceless aquamarine ring. Southern Living, "The Estimated Cost Of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 14 June 2018 Modelling a set of aquamarine-and-diamond earrings, bracelet, and necklace that were to be auctioned, Parker worked the crowd, coaxing guests to bid. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Sarah Jessica Parker Helps Dolce & Gabbana Bring Luxe to the Library," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aquamarine

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquamarine

New Latin aqua marina, from Latin, sea water

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English Language Learners Definition of aquamarine

: a pale greenish-blue stone that is used in jewelry

: a pale greenish-blue color that is more blue than aqua


aqua·​ma·​rine | \ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn, ˌa-\

Kids Definition of aquamarine

: a transparent gem that is blue, blue-green, or green

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