Mood Ring Color Chart And Meanings

Mood Rings

One of the most persistent and aesthetically curious cyclical fads of our time, mood rings have delighted, bedazzled, annoyed and confused people ever since they became popular in the 1970s.

In all honesty, there's nothing particularly confusing in the science that drives these rings. The thermotropic material injected into the stone of the ring reacts to body temperature, allowing the gem to change color based on "mood". So in the case of excitement or (ahem) arousal, blood is directed away from the skin, lowering the surface temperature and changing the color of the mood ring. What a give away!

A damn sight prettier than the ones in the 1970s, let me tell you.
A damn sight prettier than the ones in the 1970s, let me tell you.

Mood Ring Color Meanings

Now that we've discussed the basic history and function of mood rings, it's time to discuss what each color shift represents.

Due to the fact that color changes are based on temperature, it is important to realize that mood rings are not a scientific benchmark, but can pick up an unerring and often subconscious array of physiological changes.

The connection between skin temperature and emotion is well documented. In a study published by the U.S National Library of Medicine, a group of psychology students were exposed to music of different kinds and researchers found that relaxed and happy songs were linked to an increase in skin temperature. Conversely, stressful or sad music brought skin surface temperature down.

Here is a visual breakdown of what colors and emotions are generally associated with mood rings (note: many mood rings will come with their own instructional leaflet and may customize color).

Mood Ring Color Chart

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Mood Ring Design and Evolution

Mood ring designs have adapted over the years. For those who are nostalgic, original mood ring designs are still very popular (and laughably cheap). 1970s designs were usually quite flowery and elaborate (usually nickel plated), while today they have become more elegant and minimalistic.

But mood rings, in the face of stiff competition from other forms of jewelry are beginning to leak into other product ranges such as furniture (see video below), giving houses an added touch of emotional interactivity.

Mood pendants, bangles and bracelets are also becoming increasingly popular these days.


I hope this article helped you quickly find what you were looking for, and I wish I could elaborate, but there is only so much to be said for mood rings (the only complex thing is being able to memorize mood ring color meanings -- and in this case a picture is truly worth a thousand words!).

If you have any corrections, suggestions or feedback, please contact me on the comments section below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for dropping by!

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Comments 41 comments

 6 years ago

When mood rings first came out in the 70s I lived in a northern clime and during the winter that poor ring was always black...brrrrrrr. The scientific nature--or mythical nature--is quite fun for the young but alas it's just about temperature, as you mention.

As for the chair--what a great upgrade on an old theme, however, that poor thing needs some arm

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thooghun 6 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Hello anon! I agree with the chair needing a serious makeover aesthetically speaking, but it is a great idea!

Thank so much for dropping by!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Mood rings are fun. Thanks for detailing the meaings of the colors. It seems whenever my girls got a mood ring they lost the paper that told what every color meant.

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Arlecchino 6 years ago from Top of the Cloud

I like these mood rings. I think each boss has to have these rings than we will know what mood she/he has :)

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mansbestfriend 6 years ago from South East Area of Kent, UK

great information on the mood rings, I have one myself!

ladycordelia17 6 years ago

Last time I was at a Six Flags theme park, I got a Superman-themed mood pendant as a souvenir. As such, I think it's always most fitting whenever the pendant is a nice sapphire-blue (matching the blue shade of Superman's costume) at a time when I'm calm, or when I'm under pressure but handling it well. (As in, it may be rough right now, but I'm in control; I'm perfectly all right.) On the other hand, however, there have been times when my pendant was an unpleasant shade of yellow-green at the same time that I was feeling distressed and overwhelmed (the coincidence being the fact that the thing that causes Superman a great deal of pain - kryptonite - is also yellow-green).

morgan 6 years ago

im exetremly moody

Emily 6 years ago

I think they are cool and butful.I have one myself.I love Mood Rings!!!!

charls 6 years ago

hi i just bout one 2day and ps there not tha real meanings these r the real ones

blue calm

blue green flirty

amber crabby

green happy and purple exsited and also black sad

dana 5 years ago

I love the mood ring I go it 3 days it so cool!!!

Rings 5 years ago

Mood rings are great fun. I find one friend is never happy with their mood colour. Can be good for children to play with, not ecpensive and gets them involved in rings too.

it me 5 years ago

Hey i bout a mood ring today and im wanna no wat the colors mean.. explain: green, blue, purple, brown, black, and red for me please.. if you don't mind :)

Jewel 5 years ago

Mood rings are awesome,and there also beautiful. I got mine at florida.I love mood rings.

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lillie j 5 years ago from US

Awesome info about mood rings.

Thank you

jjhdeyd 5 years ago

i don't get it

Erica 5 years ago

I bought one when I went to Wonderland and i'm always happy for some reason (it is always blue)

moodringluva 5 years ago

i have that same ring on the page on the top with the silver!!!

Pat 5 years ago

My mood ring often stays between a very pale pink and pale lavender, also teal and amber which are described above. Can you tell me anything about the very pale pink and very light lavender? As I am writing this it is a lime green which is odd for me as I've never seen lime on me.

Molz 5 years ago

Mine always seems to rapidly change colour! But it always settles on green... I'm pretty average!!!

kaykay 5 years ago

I love mine!But it always seems to land on Dark Blue.

toiletbowl face 5 years ago

Why did the cookie go to the Docter?Because it felt crummy!Knock knock,who is there?Sindyluw,Sindyluw who?U no who.Ha ha.U no ,from THE GRINCH.

Rocket 5 years ago

Mine is on blue 99%of the time.

ashley 5 years ago

love it! My mood ring! it knows tht im in LOVE. ? lmaoo

kenn 5 years ago

where i can buy mood ring here in the philippines and how much it is?

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thooghun 5 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Hey Kenn, I'm not sure where you can buy one, but the prices can vary from mid-ranged to very, very cheap!

caitlinhodson 5 years ago

that was amazon were the chers chang into different colers.


holly78 4 years ago

hi i love mood rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






brown-random thinking

Eyra 4 years ago

Im always blue!!!!!!

natalie 4 years ago

I love mood rings

Natalie 4 years ago

I love mood rings so muche whate dose pink

Lora 4 years ago

Where can this chair be purchased?

eian fullerton 4 years ago

could you take the ink that's in them and put it in a tattoo that would be cool

mari 4 years ago

mood rings are awesome!!! i am mostly on blue, purple and sometimes pink, oh and also blur green :)

emma 4 years ago

i have a really cute mood ring its a penguin and its his belly that shows the mood

:) :) :) :) :)

faith 4 years ago

what dose blue mean i got mine from a boy at school gave it to me im only a kid mine is alwase on blue or a greeny orangy blue but mostly blue

phoebe 4 years ago

i have a mood ring i got it on my holiday and i got back to day mine is normally blue,green,purple and black so far i no blue means happy purple i think means sad black is calm and green means surprised

vesna 4 years ago

i am 11

i am from slovenia

i buy mood ring to

Linda 4 years ago

Last weekend my husband and I went to a swap meet and we found a mood ring. I fit perfect, I got so excited because I hadn't seen one seen the 70's and the silly thing turned bright green. It said on it "kiss me". My husband did and it turn red. The man started laughing. It was fun! Needless to say I had to find out what each color meant! I love this mood ring!

sahar 4 years ago

i love that mode chair and it was fun to see the colors change

i have a mood ring and i love this on so much my is a cross

i used to have anther one it was a dophand

Judy Holiday 2 years ago

When I was little I lived in the Va and in the winter it would be freezing always stayed black until I got into a warm house..

cool dude 18 months ago

it is so cool

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