Bet you didn't know how much went into these childhood favorites!
Mood rings were invented by Joshua Reynolds and Maris Ambats in 1975, and became one of the cultural icons of the 70s generation. The first mood rings produced were set in silver or gold, and retailed for $45 to $250. Today, mood rings are still popular, and are readily available in novelty stores for just a few dollars. There is real science behind how these rings work, but it's not just based on the mood of the wearer.
The Science of Mood Rings
Mood rings today are usually shaped into a flat strip of liquid crystals in a protective coating, such as quartz or glass. The quartz or glass is hollowed out to hold the thermotopic liquid crystals, which twist in molecular shape as the ambient temperature changes. The twisted molecules alter the wavelengths of light that are reflected or absorbed, which chemically means they change colors.
What the Colors are Supposed to Mean
Mood rings are usually sold with a card or chart, showing what the different colors mean about the mood of its wearer. Typically, the colors are said to indicate the following:
• If the wearer is happy, the ring turns violet blue.
• If the wearer is calm, the ring turns blue.
• If the wearer is emotionally even, the ring turns green.
• If the wearer is tense, the ring turns yellow.
• If the wearer is really nervous, the ring turns gray or brown.
• If the ring becomes damaged, it turns black.
It is true that the more excited we are, the warmer our body temperatures become, and the more anxious or nervous we are, our bodies become cooler. This is due to blood flow rushing to the internal organs in times of distress, cooling the skin. Also, as we get excited, blood rushes to the surface of our skin, warming it. However, an authentic psychic
could do a better job than any mood ring at figuring out your feelings.
What the Colors Really Mean
So, the science behind the mood ring is, in fact, solid. However, in reality the ambient temperature of the environment has much more to do with the heating and cooling (and thereby, the color changes) of the ring. In other words, if you're wearing a mood ring, gray or brown is much more likely to indicate you're somewhere cold than it is to indicate you're nervous. Likewise, a hot summer day is most likely the cause of a violet blue ring than meeting an attractive member of the opposite sex.
What This Means to You
Mood rings (even the cheap ones) are actually pretty, and are always an interesting conversation piece. If you have one or want one and enjoy wearing it, by all means do so! However, don't assume that the ring is revealing something about your true mood or emotional state, because it's actually just telling you what temperature it is. Which, you most likely already know.
Mood rings make great souvenirs from recent trips, and make fun gifts. People who grew up in the 70's instantly recognize these pop icons, and almost always appreciate the sentiment behind such a thoughtful trinket. Just don't assume they're utterly passionate about you just because the ring turns bright blue when they put it on. It's likely just really warm outside. For a true look into your feelings, a psychic reading
could be just what you need.