What are mood rings and what are the meanings of the different mood ring colors? This article also looks into the accuracy and history of mood rings, do they actually work, and how do they work?
What Are Mood Rings?
Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats came up with the idea of mood rings in 1975. Mood rings change color based on the wearer’s body temperature, and our emotions can affect our body temperature. When they were first lunched the rings were relatively expensive, ranging from around $50 – $250, despite the cost they still became very popular. They are made of themochromic liquid crystals. How accurate they were wasn’t necessarily important, people seemed to be attracted to them anyway.
Most Common Mood Ring Colors & Meanings
- Violet – Positive emotions including romantic feelings.
- Blue – Calm, relaxed and suggests readiness.
- Blue Green – Relatively calm yet some emotional energy is present.
The three above colors are often displayed when our skin temperature is warmer due to increased or high blood flow to the skin. Often positive emotions such as excitement results in increased blood flow to our fingers and toes, often displaying the colors of violet, blue and green.
- Amber – Anxious, emotional uncertainty.
- Gray – Uncertain, perhaps under some pressure or stress.
- Black – Feeling tension, perhaps stressed. When the mood ring displays black, and black alone, it may suggest the ring has died, the crystals are no longer responding to temperature.
Mood rings often display the above colors of amber, black and gray when there is less blood flow to our skin, resulting in a cooler temperature, particularly in the fingers and other extremities. This reduced blood flow to the skin can be due to the emotions of stress and anxiety. When stressed, our body tends to send more blood to the internal organs, therefore less blood is flowing to the skin and fingers.
Other Colors Include
- Yellow – Unsettled, uncertainty, indecisive, perhaps anxious.
- Brown – Feeling pressured or anxious, yet still relatively controlled.
The most common colors that mood rings display is either blue or green, these colors often represent a normal body temperature or mood.
The default colors of mood rings also differ depending on how each individual ring is made. The balance of the thermochromic pigments and differing materials used in each ring will often display different colors for different moods/temperatures.
How Mood Rings Change Color?
The liquid crystals that are used in mood rings have a particular sensitivity to temperature changes. The temperature will determine the rotation and material makeup of the crystals, as the crystals rotate and change, they reflect different wavelengths/colors.
The technology soon moved beyond just rings to other forms of jewelry, such as necklaces. A mood necklace will also display different results because your chest is often much warmer than your fingers.
Mood Rings Final Thoughts
When it comes to determining and displaying actual emotions/moods, they shouldn’t be assigned with too much importance on their accuracy. The idea of color changing and interactive jewelry that potentially displays a person’s mood has proved to be a popular and interesting creation.