Differences between Turquoise, Teal and Aqua

I am so happy to see that I am not the only one who has problems with the difference between these colours. Teal is not so much a problem for me but I have always thought of Aqua and Turquoise as synonyms. Many things are incorrectly named as well – the Filofax Aqua Malden was more jade than aqua I think (well at least my ones are)

Anyone else have any input or opinions on the suggestions below?

 

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The last one comes from this wonderful article with a discussion and gorgeous photographs



Categories: Filofaxes and other ring organisers

21 replies

  1. Great article, Janet. I’m not sure the color conundrum will ever be resolved though. I have always thought there were two teals. Teal green and teal blue. And then, there’s my favorite…peacock blue. Oy! 🤦‍♂️ Nightmare at the paint store 😂😂😂

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  2. And yet the colour of the turquoise gemstone has quite a broad spectrum! Some could fit into the aqua or teal categories above, depending on where they are mined. (And I am not referring to the dyed ones)

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  3. You got aqua, turquoise and teal right, but where exactly does azure fit in???

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  4. And I thought I had finally made it, classifying all the blue-ish inks for my fountain pens…………….now I am irritated…………😉!

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  5. I am really good in colors,so,the answer is turquoise has a hint of green:)Teal is just plain dark blue,but if you look closely…there is a bit of green!Aqua on the other hand is the color of Marine if you observe this…fish react to Aqua!!this is because fish believe Aqua is thei home it’s a sighn to show them where they live:)))Hope you listen to my answers:-) Thanks,Haana Maghami

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  6. Forest green seems to be missing. It is green, mixed with black. A very dark green with black making it cool on the spectrum. Petrol is a mix of green, blue and a little bit of black pigment. Cool undertones and intensive pigmentation.

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    • So true! My car is forest green; yet, so many people (mechanics, auto dealers, etc.) refer to it as “black”. It is only after I say “forest green” and they observe more closely that they acknowledge it is dark green.

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  7. This brought back memories of my wedding, 32+ years ago.. I chose aqua for my bridal attendants. One of them insisted the colors I chose were turquoise. Finally it ended when I said it’s MY wedding, either be in it, or don’t. If you are in it, the dresses are aqua.
    Awww, the folly of youth…😉

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    • Oh I loved this! Thanks for sharing!

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      • Ah friends, isn’t color wonderful?!. And don’t we humans sometimes just confuse the whole issue with our labels? And to think there are some people who probably get paid pretty big bucks for coming up with new Crayola names. I used to wish I had that job. But of course there are reasons for all this. That is not, however, my reason, for adding to this conversation. Color depends entirely on light and atmosphere at the particular moment one is looking at something. And I think it is fairly safe to say, it is never going to appear exactly the same to different individuals. I found this site when I happened on a piece of jewelry made of “aqua turquoise”. In the photo it looked cornflower blue or maybe lapis, but my eye didn’t see a touch of green to call for that labeling. So then I looked to see if there maybe was such a stone ( didn’t think so, but you never know). And I wound up here. So finally – and of course we all know this – computer monitors can change the true color of an object or scene – as can the cameras used to take the photos – depending on the Ah Lighting.
        Oh brother, forgive me for lecturing. Bet it’s not hard to guess I was an art teacher and I ‘m sure everybody knows all this information which I so randomly spouted. But I do love color.

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    • We got married 28 years ago and I chose teal and ivory for my colors. But we ended up eloping so my MIL was nice enough to organize a reception for us when we returned from our honeymoon. We ended up with an entire spectrum of teal, turquoise, king fisher, aqua….etc. At the time I was unhappy with that, but now I think it was more attractive.

      I have a friend who makes natural fiber yarn commercially and she keeps me supplied with all her experimental colors in this family. Apparently this color family is at the top of the list of most difficult to match, the most likely to fade and general instability. I’m glad I’ve learned to appreciate the whole color family.

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  8. Can I just say that the new Filofax Original drives me crazy being called “dark aqua” when it is clearly teal? Ah, thanks. Had to get that out there. 😉

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  9. I’ve always thought of it as aqua being more of a bright ‘light’ blue, and turquoise with having a greenish tint to the blue.

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  10. And where does Petrol fit?

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