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What are Mood Rings - Do Mood Rings Work?

“It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll.” Just like a trip back to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the mood ring takes me back to those wacky 70’s.

It’s actually funny that the mood ring is still around, but then again, some mysteries never die.

For 2 bucks, it’s still a fun and exciting (did I just say that?) experiment for you and your friends.

What is a mood ring?

Do mood rings really work? Let’s find out…

Mood rings are magical; Yes! Just like the Pet Rock, the Lava Lamp, the 8-Track Tapes, Big Hair, Bell Bottoms, Shag Rugs and Mexican Jumping Beans. The “magic” is a fad that was as hip as Sea Monkeys and Tie-Die.

When was the mood ring invented?

Invented in the early 1970’s, the mood ring is nothing but an interesting thermometer. Sort of. It’s color changing is due to your body temperature. Colors like blue-violet, which meant you were hot, hot, hot, to colors like black which basically meant, either the ring was broken, or you were dead. “I’ll take door #1 for $200 please!

The key ingredient:

The ingredient in mood rings wasn’t a magical color changing gemstone, but a very scientific term called “liquid crystal” (Presto-Chango!) The same crystals are used in today’s LCD monitors. When the ring heats up or cools, those little molecules in the liquid crystal dance around, catches and absorbs light. In doing so, it reflects back different colors. Wow, all that for a buck?

When you’re passionate, blood flows to the surface of your skin, making you flush and making the mood ring color change to blue.

Hopefully you won’t need a mood ring to tell you when you’re romantic…

(You could use a Decoder Ring for that.) But if you think about it, back then, it might have been hard to tell excitement from flower power… With all those Platform Shoes, Perms and Parachute Pants, I’m sure they needed all the help they could get.

Colors & meanings of a mood ring:

Here’s a list of colors and the so called “emotions” mood rings predicted:

(It’s almost as scientific as your Magic 8-Ball.)

Violet-Blue – You’re happy. Very, very, happy. You’re passionate and romantic and looking for love. “…It’s the pelvic thrust, that really drives you insane, let’s do the time warp again…”

Blue – You’re relaxed. You’re calm. You’re a couch potato.

Green – You’re supposed to be “somewhat relaxed” or “normal” (82 degrees fahrenheit normal). What the heck does that mean? You’re normal? If your ring turns green, it should mean, “Kiss me, I’m Irish!

Yellow or Amber – You’re unsettled. Huh? You’ve got ants in your pants? You’re pacing? I don’t get it. Who made up these emotions?

Gray – You’re nervous and have lots of anxieties (Like wasting money and time on a silly little piece of junk?)

Black – You’re overworked and overstressed and you have one foot in the grave.

I say hog-wash!

It’s time for Mad-Libs. Take the Mood Ring off and step away from the novelty very, very, slowly.

There is no clinical evidence here. It’s all propaganda.

The UFO’s left it behind. Don’t believe me?

Test it out for yourself.

Hold it up to a candle flame or stick it in the freezer. You’ll get more “color change” from holding your breath. All my mood ring ever did was leave a green stain around my finger. “Thanks!

So who created the mood ring?

Joshua Reynolds and Marvin Wernick (Take your pick). Both men have been credited as being the inventor of the mood ring. Crazy eh? What were they smoking?

Maybe if I put on my 3D Glasses, turn on the Black Light, listen to “Kung Fu Fighting” and sit in my Bean Bag Chair it’ll hit me.

Yes! That’s it! The inventor of the mood ring was one of those hippie students that participated in those “telephone booth stuffing” contests…

And you know what emotion the mood ring predicted then?

Groovy man!

Just Groovy!

Buy some interesting and different mood rings from Amazon HERE!

Cheers! :)

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Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Jewelry Steam Cleaner
Complete Jewelry Cleaner Kit Diamond Dazzle Stick
Gold Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloths Jewelry Making Supplies Kit
Gold Acid Test Kit Watch Tool Repair Kit
Ring Adjusters EMT Emergency Ring Cutter
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3 Comments on WHAT ARE MOOD RINGS?

  1. Gee that’s really cool

  2. I was there for them the FIRST time around. They not only had mood RINGS, but also in pendants. I had already put on my one and only four-prong, Tiffany-set diamond solitaire engagement ring in November, 1975 and said “Yes!!” to my now-husband of 42 years. SO, my left ring finger was now permanently occupied, and due to be accompanied by the matching wedding band in the upcoming July, 1976 – Yes, a Bicentennial wedding.

    And my right ring finger was occupied by my 10Kt white gold high school class ring. Getting it as a new high school Junior meant we could all still buy the real gold ones from the one and only company which was allowed to do business at our school at a relatively affordable price. Back in 1973, Gold was still much lower on the ounce than it’s become in the intervening 45 years.

    In any case, my fiancé had purchased my engagement ring, and two round trip Amtrak tickets from southeastern Virginia to Chicago over the holidays, as he was in the Air Force, and was still wearing only 2 stripes, so wasn’t exactly independently wealthy. I had bought him a new LED watch (the kind with the red numbers you had to push a button to read), and had it engraved on the back of the case, for his late November birthday, which we celebrated with his family when he came up there for Christmas on leave (It would take hours to explain why I was there a few weeks before him, etc., so I’ll spare you all the boring details), and I had laid out $75 for it. That was a LOT of money back then. Plus the engraving, of course.

    Anyway, we had agreed that we had each spent considerable amounts of cash on not only our own gifts to each other which I had just mentioned, but also family Christmas gifts, travel costs, etc., and should probably skip formal Christmas gifts to each other that year. SO, for Christmas, I expected absolutely nothing more from him, and I was sincere about it, being a practical, sensible girl who didn’t play those silly “Yes means no” and “No means yes” games. SO, on Christmas Eve, when all his family gathered together where his parents lived – where we were staying too – and exchanged gifts around their enormous tree, I was horrified to find an enormous wrapped and beribboned box with MY name on it sitting under the tree. I had taken him at hìs word, and had not purchased any more gifts for his Christmas. Now here is this massive one for me. It was also very heavy.

    His mother was quite taken with it as well, and found the whole thing quite amusing. So, after bursting into tears, and running into my bedroom, closing the door, and sitting on my bed to cry from embarrassment, his mom came up to see if she could calm me down some. She told me that the contents were much smaller than the whole thing looked, and not to worry.

    So, after repairing my face, and quickly brushing my hair, I returned and apologized to everyone for being so silly. They were all very kind, and anxious to see what was IN that huge box. So, he brought it over to where I was sitting, and I started to dig through the ribbons and layers of paper. I found two smaller “boxes inside boxes” and a couple of BRICKS for added weight. I got through to the last small jewelry box, and opened it.

    Inside I found a Mood pendant!! I was completely taken aback, and everyone found the whole thing quite amusing. My fiancé helped fasten it behind my neck, and I ended up wearing it every day we had left there, and on the 28 hour trip back home to Virginia on the train, a couple of days later. It was quite a joke on me. And yes, it seemed to change colors appropriately as well, giving my fiancé sort of a head’s up on my mood of the moment.

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