Mood Ring Colors: What Do They Mean?

Here you will learn everything you need to know about where mood rings originated from, as well as all of the possible colors that can appear and the meanings behind them.

What is a Mood Ring & What Is The History Behind Them?

Mood rings were first invented in 1975, in New York by Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats bonding thermochromic Liquid Crystals with Quartz Stones into silver and gold rings. The silver ring was sold for $45, whilst the gold ring was sold for $250. Accounting for inflation, the gold ring today would be worth a whopping $1150. Mood rings allow the wearer the effectively see their emotions just by looking at the ring.




How do Mood Rings Work?

The rings contain a ‘thermochromic’ substance in the gem, which changes color according the changes in temperature. The thermochromic liquid crystal is used to fill a faux gemstone, which is usually made of Quartz or Glass.

As our moods change, so does our body temperature. The metal on the ring conducts our body heat, changing the temperature of the gemstone. The liquid crystal molecules change at different temperatures, absorbing and reflecting different wavelengths of light.

As an example of how the mood rings work, when someone is delighted or happy they are likely to be blushing. Blushing occurs when the flow of blood to the skin increases, which as a result increases your body temperature. When the ring detects the change in temperature the liquid crystal molecules will start to change, reflecting different wavelengths of light. In this case the slightly higher body temperature will turn your ring a blue color.

Opposite to that, when the wearer feels anxiety or exhilarated at something that are doing, the body moves veins away from the top layer of skin, reducing your body temperature. A slight reduction in body temperature will cause the mood ring to turn a yellow color.

The mood ring can however be affected by outside sources which is something to remember, if you’ve just got out of the bath or it’s snowing outside, the mood ring may not be accurate. Cold conditions usually change the mood ring to its unresponsive color of grey/black.

Mood Ring Color Meanings

There is a wide range of colors that mood rings can change to, each with their own emotional meaning behind them. Here we’ll discuss in depth, what each color means:




        Black         Tense, Depressed, Overworked or Tired

Black is usually the default color for mood rings when they aren’t worn. However the color can show up when the ring is being worn and if it does, it could indicate negativity, such as being tense, depressed, overworked or tired.

     White Frustrated, Confused or Bored

When the wearer feels frustrated, confused or bored, there is a good chance that the mood ring will be a white color.

    Grey     Sadness, Afraid or Scared

Grey is an uncommon color to see in your mood ring. But if you do see it, it could indicate that you are feeling sad, afraid or anxious about something important.

Green Shades of Color

Green is likely the color you will see most often when wearing your mood ring. When your mood is stable and you feel relaxed your body temperature is usually sitting at around 82°F (28°C) which will produce a green shade of color in the ring.

  Green    Peace, Calm or Normality

A perfect green color indicates that the wearer is calm, peaceful and in a normal mood. This is likely the color you will see most often.

Dark Green                    Relaxed, Busy                     

A slightly darker green than previously, this color indicates that you are relaxed but also aware of your surroundings or perhaps busy working on a task.

Bright Green                             Energetic                              

When the ring turns bright green it is likely that you are feeling energetic and ready to engage in an upcoming task.

Amber Mixed Emotions        

An Amber colored mood ring could indicate that you are feeling mixed emotions, or are lost in thought about something.

Bluish Green                            Relaxed                                

A bluish green color could mean that you are relaxed but still feel mixed emotions inside.

Blue Shades of Color

Shades of blue occur in mood rings when you leave a relaxed state and start feeling more joy, happiness and passion. Generally any blue color indicates that you are in a positive mood.

Pleasing Blue

                Happy or Relaxed                       

This is another common color that you will see your mood ring change to. A light blue color could indicate that you are feeling happy and serene.

Dark Blue  Joy, Passion or Romantic   

A darker blue suggests a more intense emotion, which could be affection, passion, romance or joy.

Cobalt Blue                    Happiness                       

A cobalt blue color indicates that the wearer is feeling happy.

Deep Teal      Positive or Motivates       

The color deep teal may indicate that the ring wearer is thinking deeply and is positive/motivated to complete a task.

Aquamarine Blue                             Flirty or Upbeat                                 

When the wearer feels flirty or upbeat, their heart rate increases, warming up the body and turning the mood stone an aquamarine blue color.

Purple Shades of Color

If your mood ring changes to a shade of purple, it is likely to indicate that you are relaxed and mentally clear, but feeling flirty or sensual.

      Indigo          Calmness, Stillness or Tranquility

This color will appear on the mood stone if the wearer starts to feel calm or tranquil. The color indicates that the wearer has reached an inner-balance and often occurs when meditating.

Deep Purple                        Romantic                        

A deep purple colored mood ring could indicate that the wearer is feeling romantic and is standing close to someone that they love.

Reddish Purple                    Desperate or Angry                       

When the color becomes a mixture of red and purple then that could indicate that you are feeling either desperate or angry.

Bright Pink   Happiness, Affection or Love

The color pink is often associated with attraction and beauty. When you are feeling affectionate or loving towards someone your ring will likely appear a bright pink color.

Red Shades of Color

In life, red is often associated with the feeling of passion and love. It’s no different with mood rings, when shades of red appear it is likely you are feeling romantic.

Burgundy    Happy or Romantic          

Burgundy is another color that your ring can change to indicate that you are feeling in either a happy or romantic mood.

Deep Red            Passionate                  

The deep red color suggests that you are feeling passionate towards a loved one.

  Bright Red   Excited, Terrified or Adventurous

A bright red mood ring could suggest you are feeling a number of emotions, such as excited and adventurous, or frightened about something.

Orange Red       Stressed or Confused             

If the wearer is feeling stressed or confused about a situation, then the mood ring is likely to turn an orange red color.

Dark Orange              Worried or Tense                   

A dark orange color will appear most commonly when you feel worried or tense about something or if you feel angry and aggressive.

Yellow Shades of Color

Shades of yellow in mood rings tend to show your imaginative state of mind. If you are in a particularly creative mood then it is likely your ring will show a shade of yellow.

Yellow   Imaginative           

When you are feeling creative and imaginative, it is likely the mood ring will change to a yellow color.

Yellowish Orange                       Upset or Confused                                 

A mixture of yellow and orange could suggest that you are in a state of anxiousness, confusion or are feeling upset and low.

Bright Yellow         Deep Thinking or Poetic                

When you are deep in thought, or feeling poetic, the color of your mood ring should change to a bright yellow color.

Brown Shade of Color

Brown colors on the mood ring gem are often associated with negative emotions, including fear and restlessness.

   Brown    Restless, Scared or Tense

If you are feeling restless, scared or tense then there is a good chance the mood ring will be a brown color.

Brownish Yellow                              Mixed Mood                                  

This is a color that you likely won’t encounter very often. A brownish yellow color usually means that your emotions are undefined.

  Taupe    Stressed or Aggravated

The color Taupe is one that can appear when you are feeling stressed, aggravated or confused.

We hope you learned all about the different colors that mood rings can show and their meanings, as well as where mood rings originated from. If you’d like to purchase a mood ring of your own, click here. Feel free to share this post if you found it interesting and comment what you favourite mood ring colors are.