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Understanding the DMC Color Chart for Diamond Painting

When you purchase a Diamond Art Club® kit, each color of diamond comes in an individual bag. And on that bag, there is a number. This number can also be found on the symbol chart that lets you know which color of diamond corresponds with every symbol on your canvas. 

Have you ever wondered what those numbers mean? 

They most definitely are not chosen at random. In fact, the drills used in every Diamond Art Club® kit is identified and labeled using DMC color codes. In this blog post, we’re going to help you better understand the DMC color chart for diamond painting and why we use it for our diamond art kits. Let’s go! 

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What Is DMC? 

DMC, or Dollfus-Mieg and Company, is a French company that opened for business in 1746. It is most widely known for producing the floss used for embroidery and yarn used in knitting and crochet. This company’s floss is the most highly recommended brand in the world, so it is extremely well-known among cross-stitchers and other fiber artists. 

Today, DMC is a leader in the handicrafts market. Its products are of the highest quality and have withstood the test of time. With more than 240 years of history, it is a testament to the power of good business practices and an unwavering commitment to quality. 

a diamond painting of a pink elephant covered in flowers

Here at Diamond Art Club®, we manufacture our diamond drills to match the DMC numbers used for embroidery floss. In other words, if you have a pack of pink diamond drills with the color code 605, you could go to a craft store and purchase DMC embroidery floss in the exact same color with the same code. How cool is that?!

Why Do We Use DMC Numbers? 

Some other reasons why we use DMC codes to create our kits is because it simply makes sense. There already are hundreds of colors with corresponding DMC numbers. Rather than coming up with a proprietary system for identifying colors by number, it makes logical sense to use this existing, standardized system to identify the various colors of diamond drills. 

Also, DMC numbers are universal. While “light pink” may refer to an endless array of pink hues, DMC-605 will always refer to the same color. This makes it much easier to source additional diamonds if you need more of a specific color. It also allows you to keep your extra drills and use them for future projects. It is important to note, however, there could be very slight variations due to different dye lots and changes in the manufacturing process. 

The DMC Color Chart for Diamond Painting

The DMC color chart for diamond painting is much like the one for embroidery floss. The main difference, though, is the chart for diamond painting features close-up images of extra rhinestones that can be used to determine what color you have. These charts can be downloaded or purchased online, or you can make your own using the beads you have in your collection. 

Making your own DMC color chart is an excellent way to keep track of which colors you own. Trust us, it will come in handy and quickly become one of your favorite diamond painting tools if you ever accidentally spill your diamond drills or mix them up! To make your chart, just glue a diamond on a piece of paper next to its DMC number. Every time you get a kit containing a color you didn’t already have, add it to your chart. Easy peasy! 

a person using a dmc color chart to cross reference diamonds

You can also use your DMC color chart to cross-reference diamonds from other companies that don’t use DMC numbers. While many brands have embraced this system, some have their own systems for numbering their colors. With a DMC color chart, you can compare the drills from these other brands and determine which DMC number they correspond with. 

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Closing Thoughts

When learning how to diamond paint, things like DMC color charts might seem confusing. The good news, though, is they are quite simple. DMC numbers are just an easy way of labeling colors and distinguishing between similar shades of the same color. Understanding the DMC color chart for diamond painting is a breeze once you’ve gotten the hang of it.