AQUAMARINE (Lat. aqua marina, “water of the sea”), a
transparent variety of beryl (q.v.), having a delicate blue or
bluish-green colour, suggestive of the tint of sea-water. It
occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl, some of
the finest coming from Russia. The gem-gravels of Ceylon
contain aquamarine. Clear yellow beryl, such as occurs in
Brazil, is sometimes called aquamarine chrysolite. When
corundum presents the bluish tint of typical aquamarine, it is
often termed Oriental aquamarine.
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