The Great Mood Ring Comeback

With a hobby, like making my own jewelry from scratch from old watch bands and seemingly useless junk obtained at garage sales, I slowly morphed my craft into a jewelry design and repair business. Designing and creating has me occupying my time online with purchasing materials with open eyes. Low and behold, I came across an item from my past that I believed to be extinct, “The Mood Ring.” Instead, they are making a comeback. Designed into items such as pendants and bracelets as well. I wished to know more as to the who’s, when’s, and why’s of this blast from the past novelty we all bought for a chance at a better romance. But the origins of the mood ring run much deeper. It even led to the medical industry creating several items, some used every day now without so much as even a thought as to their origins.

What they had initially created was the thermotropic liquid crystal. The crystals in the array react to changes in temperature by twisting. The twisting changes their molecular structure, which alters the wavelengths of light or color that are reflected or absorbed. When the temperature of the liquid crystals changes, so will their color. Dr. Marvin Wernick invented these thermotropic crystals in California. He worked with these crystals in 1965 to assist in the cure for cancer. His goal became riddled with failures and dead ends. So, like most inventors, he simply put it on the back shelf. A decade later, his real failure was a lesson learned with a dose of harsh reality as he allowed his patents to expire.

In 1975, two men, Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats from New York modified Dr. Wernick’s design into a thermotropic strip and attached it to a ring made of stone or metal. They sold it to the rich and famous; They made the initial rings of jade, silver, and gold. Later, they were massed produced in stainless steel and sold it as a novelty to all. In three months, it’s estimated they made over a million dollars. Next, they came up with another use. A temperature strip to assist pediatric Dr.’s in taking the temperature of young children and coma patients. They still used it today in third-world countries.

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Your mood is perceived to be correlated with your body temperature. A person’s normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). When you are feeling stress, cold blood is directed to the internal organs and away from the skin, and thus the mood ring turns a darker color. If you are happier or feeling passionate, the crystal will twist in another direction and change color as your body temperature increases. In this correlation, to some degree, a mood ring can depict your emotion.

They engineered it to display a range of seven distinct colors spanning a 20 degree Fahrenheit temperature range. Pink means you are happy, purple means you are romantic, dark blue means you are lovable, light blue means you’re relaxed, green means you are active, brown means you are nervous or anxious, and black means you have a cold temperature or are feeling stressed.

I bought one for a thumb ring and have been tinkering with it in my downtime to stay busy. I noticed the ring is sensitive enough to differentiate the temperature inside of my thumb from being warmer than the outside since mine is a complete circle or band. As far as the mood thing goes, I am still doing some dime-store research from my journal every week and making a graph on excel. So far it seems to work on two moods or conditions well, warm n comfy and sickness, but then again we don’t need any device to let us know those conditions are occurring. Others who look at your mood ring would need to be fluent with the concept and color scheme to determine your feelings. So basically, it’s still a novelty at this point. But I will stay at it to see if anything pops up. This week, I began taking my blood pressure at certain times when I feel different. I log the color to see if there are any similarities or patterns. Wish me luck ladies?!?!



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    Charee 4 months ago

    Hey Tia, that’s a fun article!! I remember the mood rings hahaha oh how we would all watch them intently hahaha

    I think they use a similar kind of thing for external, sticky back mounted aquarium thermometers too, is that right?

    I can’t wait to see what you create girl, enjoy the journey Hon, everything is possible!!
    Namaste’ dear
    n huggles of course

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      Tia Tracy 4 months ago

      Yes they are the same as aquarium Thermometers. The new mood jewlery can also tell you your temp along with the color. LOL Huggz Tia

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    Tia Tracy 4 months ago

    Thankz Lexi. The more I read about them, the more I got sucked into the invention itself. Strange how most inventions that we know probably started out being created for some other purpose. # One mans pile of junk is another mans’ goldmine, Right?!?! Huggz Tia

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    Alexis Wassermann 4 months ago

    Interesting article Tia , I remember those mood rings form my childhood and at the time really thought anything about them . Body temps do affect us to some degree with our emotions . I wish you luck and look forward to your results .


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