Melanoma metastases can be classified as melanotic or amelanotic based on their T1-weighted magnetic resonance signal. However, the underlying contrast mechanisms have remained unclear and have been attributed to melanin and/or blood products. In this study, non-hemorrhagic cerebral melanoma metastases were investigated using quantitative susceptibility mapping. Susceptibility values for metastases with no, small or high melanin content were very similar (‑0.023±0.046 ppm / -0.006±0.02 ppm / -0.018±0.017 ppm). Non-hemorrhagic melanoma metastases show weakly diamagnetic susceptibility values and melanin is not a source of strong susceptibility.