A mood ring is a simple ring that contains thermochromic elements, such as liquid crystal which lets the color of the ring change based on the temperature of the finger of the wearer. These rings were first created in 1975 by New York inventors Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds. The two inventors bonded liquid crystal with quartz stones set into rings. These rings changed color in response to the temperature, potentially reflecting the body temperature of the wearer in response to the emotions that they are feeling. These rings were instantly successful with the masses, even though they were expensive. A silver sterling ring used to cost $45 whereas a ring made in gold was $250.

Whether these rings were accurate or not, people were enchanted by the changing colors produced by the thermochromic liquid crystals. The composition of mood rings has changed since the 1970s, but they are still popular today and are made into rings bracelets as well as necklaces. Although it sounds unreal and made up that a ring can say anything about one’s mood but, there is a scientific basis for the functioning of a mood ring. A mood ring changes colors as a response to small changes in temperature. How much blood is reaching your skin is dependent on your mood and the temperature. For instance, if you are under stress, your body directs blood towards your internal organs, which means your fingers will be receiving less blood. 

The cooler temperature on your fingers will result in a light grey or amber color on your mood ring. Whereas when you are excited, more blood is directed towards your extremities, which increases the temperature of your finger. Thus, resulting in the mood ring changing its color to blue or a more violet end of the color spectrum. 

There is a whole color chart available to refer to understand which color is referring to which emotion on the mood ring. They are explained below. The black color is the default color of a mood ring when it’s not in use, but it can also show up when there is negativity like depression, overworking anxiety. Grey color on the mood ring refers to the feeling of sadness, or it shows up when the wearer is scared. Brown color on the mood ring means that the wearer is restless and tensed. Blue color popping up on your mood ring means happiness, satisfaction, and passion. Tones of green indicate relaxed and energetic emotions. Purples are brought out when the wearer is feeling romantic while a more reddish-purple means desperate or even angry emotions. Shades of red and orange are associated with excitement and even confusion sometimes. Finally, white color on your mood ring indicates frustration, confusion or even boredom. 


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