All eye colors covered: what is the rarest one?

Lensmart 2023-09-01 16:33:10

One of the fascinating things about eyes is how they can be of so many different colors. It is the structure of the iris that determines the color of the eye. More specifically, the color is dictated by the amount of melanin contained in the outer layers of the iris. 

It can range from the darkest and subdued shades of brown to some amazingly vibrant colors like blue and green. With all the possible colors, it would make you wonder, what is the rarest eye color?

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What Are the Main Eye Colors?

Before we reveal the rarest eye color, let us take a look at the main eye colors. According to eye experts, there are six main colors of the iris – brown, blue, green, amber, green or hazel. 

Sometimes it's hard to identify what specific color an eye is because it can be somewhere between two different categories. Amber, for instance, is usually mistaken for hazel because they both have a golden base, but hazel eyes actually also have green or blue flecks whereas amber is more of a solid copper hue.

Most people in the world have brown eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 80% of the world's population have brown eyes, which can range from light brown to almost black. A far second is blue, with about 10% of all people having this color.

What Is the Rarest Eye Color?

Now, we can finally reveal the answer to the question, what is the rarest eye color, and it is grey

Less than 1% of all people in the world have gray eyes. Not long ago, the rarest eye color was thought to be green, accounting for 2% of the world's population. That was because gray was previously classified with blue eyes. Gray eyes are mostly seen in individuals from eastern and northern Europe.

It is not entirely clear how gray eyes happen. Race and genetics both play a role but the specifics are not very accurate. Also, it's not as simple as two parents with gray eyes producing offspring with the same eye color. There are many complex factors involved and we can just say that for a person to be born with gray eyes, they would be extremely lucky.

Glasses for the Rarest Eye Color

If you are one of the rare people in the world who have gray eyes, you would definitely want to pick glasses that highlight this unique feature. But what kind of eyeglasses should you pick? According to our specialists, the most complimentary colors for gray eyes would be black, deep purple, midnight blue, and burgundy. Choosing eyeglasses frames in these dark hues would really bring out the beauty of your gray eyes.

If you are having a hard time choosing which glasses would suit your gray eyes best, you can try one of our top picks for you.

1.Emery - Cat Eye Glasses

Emery: Cat-eye Gold-Purple Glasses

Your gray eyes will definitely shine when you wear these stylish Emery cat eye specs in gold and purple. The color combination is as exquisite as the shade of your eyes, and the slim frame will certainly highlight, and not overwhelm, your face. A nice surprise is the price, which is delightfully low for such as a stylish piece of eyewear.

2.Nors - Square Glasses

Nors: Square Black Glasses

Square glasses are very flattering for most men, and the Nors is no exception. The true black color of the frame is perfect to bring out your gray eyes, and the slightly upturned corners of the frame add a subtle detail to an otherwise absolutely classic piece. The gold arm of the glasses also adds to the elegance and class of this pair, which is definitely one of the best choices for the stylish male.

3.Milani - Round Glasses

Milani: Round Wine Glasses

Burgundy is one of the expert-recommended colors for gray eyes, and this pair definitely fits the bill. The Milani glasses are as charming as glasses can get, with an ornate design on the sides of the round frame, giving it a whimsical retro feel. It's certainly not a pair that anyone could pull off but if you have the right attitude and the right flair, this is definitely a must-have.




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