The Real Difference Between Amber Eyes And Hazel Eyes


Do I have Amber Eyes or Hazel Eyes? How can one tell? I often asked myself this question.

Many a time, amber eyes can be mistaken for hazel, especially under poor lighting. But under proper lighting you will see that my eyes have a yellow russet tint to them that is distinguished from hazel (which hazel contains hints of green and brown). That's why I would venture to say that I have Amber Eyes, not Hazel Eyes.

Genetic research says that eye color is largely determined by as many as 16 genes passed to the individual because of a dominant gene. The pigmentation of the iris and the dispersion of light around the iris are other factors that influence eye color.

There also exists a substance that affects eye color, which is called melanin, a complex polymer made from an amino acid called tyrosine. Eye color is the resulting effect when light breaks up across the melanin’s base.

Hazel Eyes

They are defined as an eye color in which the shade is similar to the color of the hazelnut shell, which appears light brown or golden brown, sometimes gold. The pupil is also surrounded with tinges of blue, green and yellow which may look light or dark. The pupil’s ring are usually green or brown in colour. Hazel is actually not a true color in itself, but rather a blend of various colors. However, it is considered as an eye color which displays a combination of greens, browns, and blues.

One pair of hazel eyes is never identical to another person’s pair of hazel eyes. Some people possess lighter features of green while others have darker features of brown. The color of the tinges as well as the ring around the pupil may also vary.

Sunlight, different lighting, and the color of clothing can also affect the color intensity of hazel-eyed people. Their eyes sometimes look more green or more brown when reflecting the colors of the environment like the sky or greenery. This is because hazel eye color is more reflective than normal eye colors. Hazel eyes may also look either bright green, seaweed amber, dazzling emerald, or even gray in color. Individuals who stare at people with hazel eyes may immediately experience or observe how their eye color changes.

In poor lighting, it's easy to mistake someone with amber eyes for someone with hazel eyes. In natural lighting, however, you’ll see that hazel eyes tend to have two very distinct colors within the iris. They are often brown and green, and contain speckles and mixed hues.

Hazel-eyed people are common in natives mainly from South and East European places as well as people from Britain. There is also a high possibility for a person to have hazel eyes running in their family if came from Spanish, Middle Eastern, Brazilian or North African decent. However, this is not an exclusivity as any race can have hazel eyes or Amber eyes.

Amber Eyes

They are extremely rare—they are at least as rare as green eyes or perhaps even rarer. Most people have only seen a couple of amber-eyed people in their entire life.

Amber eyes are completely solid and have a strong yellowish, golden, or russet and coppery tint. They can also contain a small amount of gold-ish gray. Some sources say that this could be due to the increased presence of a pigment called lipochrome (also known as pheomelanin).

Amber eyes are often referred to as wolf eyes because of the strong golden and yellowish color with a copper tint similar to that seen in the eyes of wolves. Besides wolves, amber eye color can also be found in other animals, like dogs, domestic cats, owls, eagles, pigeons and fish.

Amber eyes are different from hazel eyes because they do not contain hints of brown or green. While hazel eyes might change color or contain flecks of red or gold, amber eyes are always a solid gold or copper hue.


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