What Do Mood Ring Colors Mean? (10 Colors Explained)

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History of Mood Rings?

As far as when they were first invented goes, there seems to be some debate about the exact dates. What seems more certain is that the original device that led to the development of mood rings was a specialized watch worn by a nurse named Florence Schweinfurth at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

In 1960, Schweinfurth began to notice changes in the tone of her patients’ skin, which she believed had an effect on their reactions and moods. Through conducting some research, Schweinfurth realized that she could use the natural changes in skin color to determine her patients’ conditions. Her research led to the development of the “bioreader” that had adjustable spots on the watch face. These spots would get darker the more sick the patient was. According to the New York Times, a Harry Bressler who worked at Avon Products received a patent in 1969 for a system that would measure a person’s skin temperature and show changes in color according to the human body’s reaction to different stimuli.

Are Mood Rings Accurate?

The mood ring that is sold today is not a quick-change mood ring, but a mood ring that originates from mid-century in the 1970s' and is not supposed to change color.

The mood ring tells the wearer’s mood through measuring the temperature change on the surface of the finger also known as temperature-sensitive color-changing liquid crystal.

It is most accurately used when the wearer’s hand is in normal room temperature. When the wearer’s mood changes, so does the color of the mood ring. It is considered a novelty, rather than an actual crystal ball.

What Do Mood Ring Colors Mean?

The first mood ring was designed by a New York jeweler named Joshua Reynolds. He’s the same guy behind the rainbow-colored gemstone color chart. Having observed the colors of natural rocks and minerals under a microscope, Reynolds concluded that there is a connection between the way the human body’s absorbs colors, the corresponding "mood," and the color of the gemstone.

With this information, Reynolds designed a mood ring that was supposed to reflect a person’s current mood. The size of the stone would diminish or grow depending on how you felt that day, with the color corresponding to the the mood’s color. You can probably see how this sounds completely ridiculous today, but it actually worked.

So how did the first mood ring work?

The mood ring consisted of three stones suspended from metal prongs, held together with a sturdy, adjustable ring. Two of the stones on the ring changed color based on your body’s infrared reaction, along with the temperature and the thickness of your skin (pH levels).

The third stone, which was embedded at the center of the two reacting stones, served as a stabilizing stone, and it didn’t change color. The changing colors of the stones surrounding it was perceived as the color of your current mood.

Violet Mood Ring Meaning

What color temps is a violet mood ring? Violet Mood Ring depicts the creative and imaginative side of your personality.

Mood rings are highly debated in the world today. Some insist that they seem to be more accurate than you might expect. However, even the skeptics are coming to the realization that what they thought was a complete scam could actually contain a grain of truth. Where do we start? …okay, what is a mood ring?

Whether you believe them to be accurate or not, you have to admit that they are definitely one of the more mysterious items on the market today. A mood ring is a small ring that is mostly made of glass.

As the question is being asked, "what do mood rings do?" the general consensus is that they change colors according to the user's mood. Whether or not that is actually accurate, we may never know. Unfortunately, there is no tangible proof that these items exist for the sole purpose of discerning one's mood. However, according to fiction, there are various categories of mood rings that are used to identify the wearer's mood.

Red Mood Ring Meaning

As I mentioned above hot (red) colors are generally associated with energy and heat. It's not surprising then that red is the highest possible level of energy. When you're really, really energetic you are red hot (also, you are summer).

A red mood ring does not necessarily mean you are angry, although an angry person may report feeling very high energy. A red mood ring can simply indicate a high energy level. This can be due to physical exertion or excess energy. Since the ring will respond to your internal state, its possible to be mood ring red and feel sleepy.

As a high energy state, being mood ring red is likely to happen if you've eaten a big, healthy meal. Out-of-shape people who regularly exercise but have not yet built up a significant level of muscular endurance may also find themselves in this mood ring color.

Another interesting thing to note is that a red mood ring does not necessarily indicate anger. Just as heat and red do not necessarily mean anger, a red mood ring does not necessarily mean angry. Maybe you just feel really, really good.

Blue Mood Ring Meaning

Blue is often said to be a cool color and the one that strongly relates to water. It is calming, and it can supposedly lessen anxiety and aggression in some people. For some, this color is associated with sadness, coldness, and depression. To them, it suggests rejection, distance, and isolation.

Unlike other colors, blue is associated with both negative and positive meanings. It is said to signify leadership and can be seen on the flag of the United States and that of the Beishan Province in China.

Blue's similarity to water is what makes it a calming color. With the ability to cool activity and slow people down a bit, blue can be a great choice for anyone who is constantly on the go and who has a hard time slowing down to relax.

In addition to its calming properties, blue can make people think of the ocean, which is supposedly the most peaceful and quiet place to be. What emotion do you think of when you see blue?

Experience is the best way to discover your favorite color. Did you know what color is your favorite?

Try to use different color pieces of jewelry, cloth, or paint to discover your favorite color.

In general, what do you feel when you look at the color blue?

Blue-Green Mood Ring Meaning

Blue-Green mood swings are caused by a high stress level that is a result of confusion or conflict. There is an increase in mental or emotional pressure. This can indicate a conflict with something from recent past, a conflicting personality judgment or internal debate, or a problem that is coming towards you.

The intensity of the blue-green color play will vary and can be anywhere from a light tint in the ring to a fully saturated mood color. It is possible that the color could get to an extreme level and change to a black mood or negative hue. If this happens, it will mean that you have made your decision and external pressures have settled.

Lesson you can learn from this: If the blue-green mood ring color seems saturated or intense it could mean that you are overwhelmed. If it appears as a light tint to you, it means that you are a little nervous and your head is spinning around concerns. In either case, it is a great time to take a break and rest for a while before taking on any new projects. This could help to lower the intensity level of your mood ring color or bring it to a more positive hue.

Green Mood Ring Meaning

Green mood rings show "calmness", which is what your mood ring displayed if you didn't move it to expose it to any drastic changes in the surrounding environment. If you held it totally still, either in your hands or on a piece of paper, it turned green.

Green is the color of tranquility, the color to show when all is well in the world. Green is the color that encompasses happiness without the need for dramatic dynamics in your life. You might not have a very exciting life, but you're happy just as it is.

Being the most passive of all fall colors, green can be worn on a daily basis. It can help you assess how happy you really are. The color green can tell us whether we should step away and reevaluate our current position in life. It tells us that we may need to make changes or take a step back and become more passive. Although this could be hard to do, green says to us that taking a step back could ultimately be in our best interest.

The opposite of green (turquoise) is red. It's the color of passion, power, and subjugation. Turquoise is the color to display if you weren't standing still with your ring in your hand, but rather the color to display if you move about. The more you move, the more turquoise is displayed.

Yellow Mood Ring Meaning

Yellow is the happy color. If your mood ring is yellow, you can count yourself among the lucky bunch. Generally, yellow mood rings indicate that the wearer is in a good mood. If the person wearing the mood ring is happy, energetic, loves to laugh and enjoy life … the rings will usually register as yellow.

Fish is a shade of yellow and with how these fish get in the warm aquarium or fish tank, the yellow color will most likely be the first to appear on the ring. With the other reasons mentioned above, you know why the yellow mood ring is the one you want to have.

Amber Mood Ring Meaning

Amber is the color of sunsets and of rusted, broken-in metal. It’s soft and earthy, very retro. When the sun sets, the color of the amber mood ring slowly changes to a dark gold, and it remains that way as the sun rises the next day.

The meaning of amber indicates a period of reflection and quiet energy before a little burst of inspiration and creativity.

Amber symbolizes stability, and this is confirmed by the fact that this is the only color of the mood ring that stays the same throughout the day.

This color represents a slow-but-steady way of life and an overall laidback approach to things.

Those people who wear amber mood rings are gentle and thoughtful, and they do everything in their power to make the people they care about happy and comfortable.

Brown Mood Ring Meaning

Being in a brown mood often indicates a lack of confidence, self-worth and worry over present or future situations. It may also refer to feeling socially isolated or embarrassed about a recent or past situation.

When you're in a brown mood, you will lack motivation and may avoid interacting with others. You may feel reluctant to try new things or take on new endeavors. If you're in a brown mood and you have the option of leaving the situation, consider doing so. Or, at the very least, try to find some way to alleviate the negative feelings associated with the situation and do something that will help to pass the time.

A mood ring will generally indicate a brown color if it is exposed to physical exhaust, emotional stress or has been exposed to cold temperatures.

Gray Mood Ring Meaning

When you are searching mood ring meaning online, you might discover that some mood rings have a gray color that is visible on the ring.

For many people, the gray mood ring meaning has meant that their body temperature is lower than normal. For others it has meant that their body is at a normal temperature.

For those who believe the gray mood ring meaning is one of cool temperatures, they must wonder why their ring is a lighter shade of gray in the summertime when their bodies are warmer. Some believe that the gray color on the mood ring doesn’t represent the presence of cold or fever as some people may think, but instead, indicates a body that is in the normal temperature range.

Another definition of the gray mood ring meaning is that the ring’s color will appear gray due to the wearer’s body temperature being lower than normal at a basic level. In other words, there is no sickness present or the body doesn’t have a fever as some may believe. The gray color means that the body temperature is at a lower level.

Black Mood Ring Meaning

Black may be the most popular mood ring color but it is also the most difficult to pinpoint emotionally. Black mood ring color will be receptive to any color but does not resonate with any particular energy. Because black is so flexible, it can be thought of as a very male color, hence its ability to draw in other colors. That said, this is not a manly color. Black simply absorbs the characteristics of whatever is around it.

Black mood rings are able to absorb the characteristics of any color which makes it difficult to interpret its true meaning. Black is not negative, it just does not have a specific meaning. It is more receptive than reflective and is influenced by the colors around it. Overall, the meaning of a black mood ring is dependant on which colors it is around. It can indicate fullness or satisfaction or emptiness and it can be lively or undetectable. It has a blend of the meanings surrounded by it. This make it difficult to read if you do not know the colors surrounding it. But it is all positive, with none of the negative meanings behind it portrayed by other colors.

Learn More About Jewelry

Mood ring colors are influenced by the body temperature of the wearer and show specific moods. The most commonly accepted theory is that the body’s temperature causes the ring to change colors. When the body is heated, the ring will appear to glow violet or purple. If the body is cooler in temperature, the ring will glow yellow, orange, or red. If you’re looking for a cheap mood ring to purchase as either a gag gift or a truly fun and accurate way to keep tabs on your moods, you may want to look for a mood ring kit.

They’ve had a couple of interesting years, as all jewelry does, but they are now experiencing a true renaissance of interest. If you’re interested in purchasing rings, there are several different styles. The most recognizable of these is the mood ring of yesteryear, though much of the old kitsch has fallen away from them.

Older models, with the roman numerals on them, are now available from manufacturers who have kept the tradition alive. These manufacturers now make a mood ring in a variety of shapes and styles, and they have it available in a variety of different colors as well.