What Is The Meaning Of The Colors for A Mood Necklace?

mood necklace and mood ringsTo those of you who are new to the concept of mood jewelry, this guide will explain exactly what it is, the meaning of mood ring colors and symbolism as well as how one can use mood rings or mood necklaces.

History of mood necklace and mood rings

The origins of mood jewelry can be traced back to mid-70s when two American inventors Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds first patented mood necklaces and mood rings. However, there is also a claim from Marvin Wernick who states he had developed a mood ring a decade before but did not patent his work. The early 1980s saw a great demand for mood rings and mood bracelets and today there are many places you can buy mood rings for adults and children alike.

How do mood rings work?

Mood rings are based on thermotropic science. The colors of the ring, bracelet or necklace change based upon your emotional state. The mood jewelry pieces all contain a thermotropic liquid inside them. As the wearer’s body temperature changes, the crystals in the liquid react to this change accordingly change in color. Modern mood jewelry is also designed with strips of liquid crystals coated with a protective casing. When the ambient temperature surrounding the crystals change, they stretch and twist causing a change in their molecular structure. This, in turn, causes a change in the wavelength of light being absorbed or reflected by them. Thus, mood rings and mood necklaces work on the principle that a change in the liquid crystal temperature causes a change in their color.

When a person wears a mood ring or a mood necklace, the crystals inside the jewelry react to the body’s core temperature. Our body’s natural temperature is 37 deg C or 98.6 F. When we are happy, feeling passionate or excited the body’s temperature rises. The mood ring crystals then react to this change and twist in one direction. The wavelength and frequency of light then change causing a change in the perception of color seen on the jewelry. Similarly, when we are depressed, sad or have ‘a cold feeling in the heart’, the crystals twist in the opposite direction causing a different color of the ring or necklace.

And this is basically how mood rings and mood necklaces work.

What do the colors on a mood necklace mean?

Mood ring and mood necklace colors generally come with a color chart that explains what each color on the jewelry symbolizes. Mood ring color meanings for kids and adults are generally are the same. Here are some of the more common mood necklace colors and what the colors on a mood ring symbolize:

Black – This is the color of the ring or mood necklace when it is not worn by the user. However, if your mood jewelry is showing this color while it is in contact with your skin, then it indicates negative emotions such as anger, stress or anxiety. You are overworked or feeling harried.

White– White color on the mood ring indicates a person who is confused, bored, or even frustrated.

Grey– Grey color mood ring on necklace is a sign of some stress or discomfort or just the beginning of indication of anxiety. As the stress levels rise, the mood necklace colors might shift to black.

Yellow– If your mood bracelet is showing yellow, it symbolizes you are mellow, distracted, cool, a bit anxious and also cautious.

Orange– Mood color chart states that orange on the mood ring indicates stress, nervousness, mixed emotions, confusion, upset, challenge or indignation.

Brown– Brown color on the mood ring or necklace means nervousness or a person being ‘on the edge’. S/he is experiencing overwhelming feelings of restless anticipation. If you are experiencing a huge overload of thoughts, you might see this color on your mood ring.

Amber– Amber color on the mood ring means a range of emotions such as the person is surprised or anxious or nervous or upset.

Pink– Pink on the mood ring indicates the beginning state of arousal or mild interest.

Red– Red is a color of passion. So, a red mood ring or mood bracelet or mood necklace color indicates a person’s anger or romantic passion.

Green –Green is the color of calm and peace, and a person having this color on the mood ring or mood necklace indicates he has no feelings of stress, anxiety or nervousness.

Blue-Green/Aqua– This is a color of alertness with calmness and peace.

Blue– Light blue shade on the mood ring indicates that the user is happy and feeling social.

Dark Blue-The happiness has increased and the person is feeling ecstatic, deeply relaxed, in love, blissful or joyful.

Violet/Burgundy or Purple-What does purple color mean on mood necklace? It actually means a variety of emotions such as romance, dream, love, and sense of purpose, a go-get attitude, mischievous, amorous, and sensual.

The mood ring might be darker before you wear it or if you are feeling cold. As your body temperature changes and increases, the colors might change. The colors of the mood ring will stabilize once your body temperature becomes constant. When you first try the ring or necklace or mood bracelet on, the colors will change dramatically. It might become dark, and then turn to orange, blue or green. If, your mood changes when you first wear the ring; the colors will also change and stabilize once your mood and body temperatures stabilize.

When buying mood jewelry pieces, make sure you source them from a reputed vendor who has tested the pieces extensively for color changes. Mood ring color meanings for kids and adults are fun ways to determine one’s mood or state of mind. These rings, bracelets and necklaces also make ideal gifts for birthdays and special occasions.


  1. Jenny McFarland says:

    Cool i didn’t know about all these other colours on mood rings, nor did i fully understand what the colours all meant.

  2. Good

  3. Angel Dickey says:

    My mind is on my education and my family.

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