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Mood Ring Color Chart And Meanings
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!
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
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!).
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