What are the Top 10 Rarest Eye Colors?

The eyes are the mirror to the soul! And whatever color your eyes are, they are unique and beautiful whether they are a rich dark brown, brilliant blue, or anything in between.

Some people however have a mesmerizing eye color that can attract immediate attention, so what are the top 10 rarest eye colors in the world? And what causes the color effect? We take a look.

Violet eyes

Violet eyes are stunningly beautiful, and with their blend of purple and bluish hues, they look captivating and soulful. Violet eyes are rare and are usually seen in people with albinism. It is caused by a lack of pigment in the eye that reflects off the blood vessels creating a perfect color.

Pink eyes

This is a variation of violet and as with violet eyed individuals generally affects people who lack pigment in their skin, a condition known as albinism. This eye color can be extremely arresting and attractive.

Green eyes

A favourite in any romantic novel we have ever read, green eyes are rarer than you may imagine. Only around 2% of the world’s population has this beautiful eye color, and it is caused by low melanin levels (pigment) and the refraction of light.

Amber eyes

Not hazel, but amber and although the two hues are similar, amber eyes are far more striking with this color reflecting golden hues. Many animals have amber eyes, and the effect is dazzling and remarkable.

Black eyes

Black eyes are not really black but a very deep shade of brown caused by excess of melanin (pigment). Look deep into a pair of black eyes and get lost in their soulful depths – they are brown really but you won’t usually notice unless you shine a light directly into them.

Grey eyes

This eye color is rarer than all the others and affects only 1% of the world population. It is caused by extremely low levels of melanin and is only seen in people with a Northern European ancestry.

Turquoise eyes

This blend of green and blue is stunningly beautiful and is fairly unusual as an eye color affecting only around 3% of the global population. If you are lucky enough to have turquoise eyes, you will probably get fed up with people assuming you are wearing tinted contact lenses.

Blue eyes

Blue eyes are not rare, but they are not as commonplace as brown eyes. Only around 12% of people around the world have blue eyes, and according to scientists all blue eyes were caused by a genetic mutation in a single individual in Europe around 8,000 years ago.

Brown eyes

Brown eyes are not rare at all. Over 75% of the world population has brown eyes, but as hues can vary between light hazel brown and almost black, there is plenty of variety within this blanket description of brown.

Different colored eyes or Heterochromia:

David Bowie had it but having two eyes of different colours is a rare condition called Heterochromia. In some cases the irises are simply different colours. Alternatively, it can be caused by varying degrees of pigment that affects one eye more than the other. Either way it looks fantastic.