Color Mood Meanings

Color Mood Meanings

03 of 03 Color Depends on Temperature Black mood jewelry could be cold or could be damaged. Cindy Chou Photography / Getty Images Since the color of mood jewelry depends on temperature, it will give different readings depending where you wear it. A mood ring may display a color from its cool range, while the same stone might turn a warmer color as a necklace the touches the skin. Did the mood of the wearer change? No, it's just that the chest is warmer than the fingers! Old mood rings were notoriously susceptible to permanent damage. If the ring got wet or even exposed to high humidity, the pigments would react with the water and lose their ability to change color. The ring would turn black. Modern mood jewelry is still affected by water. Mood rings may still be destroyed by exposure to water, typically turning black or brown. Mood “stones” used for beads are typically coated with a polymer to protect them from damage. The beads are interesting because a single bead may display an entire rainbow of color, with the warmest color facing the skin and the coolest color (black or brown) away from the body. Since multiple colors may be displayed on a single bead, it's safe to say the colors cannot be used to predict the wearer's mood. Finally, the color of a mood ring may be changed by placing a colored glass, quartz, or plastic dome over the thermochromic crystals. While the color changes will follow a predictable pattern, the only way to know what mood might be associated with a color is by experimentation.
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Color Mood Meanings

Black mood jewelry could be cold or could be damaged. Cindy Chou Photography / Getty Images Since the color of mood jewelry depends on temperature, it will give different readings depending where you wear it. A mood ring may display a color from its cool range, while the same stone might turn a warmer color as a necklace the touches the skin. Did the mood of the wearer change? No, it's just that the chest is warmer than the fingers! Old mood rings were notoriously susceptible to permanent damage. If the ring got wet or even exposed to high humidity, the pigments would react with the water and lose their ability to change color. The ring would turn black. Modern mood jewelry is still affected by water. Mood rings may still be destroyed by exposure to water, typically turning black or brown. Mood “stones” used for beads are typically coated with a polymer to protect them from damage. The beads are interesting because a single bead may display an entire rainbow of color, with the warmest color facing the skin and the coolest color (black or brown) away from the body. Since multiple colors may be displayed on a single bead, it's safe to say the colors cannot be used to predict the wearer's mood. Finally, the color of a mood ring may be changed by placing a colored glass, quartz, or plastic dome over the thermochromic crystals. While the color changes will follow a predictable pattern, the only way to know what mood might be associated with a color is by experimentation.

Color Mood Meanings

A mood ring contains liquid crystals that change color in response to small changed in temperature. The amount of blood that reaches your skin depends on both the temperature and your mood, so there is some scientific basis for the functioning of a mood ring. For example, if you are under stress your body direct blood toward your internal organs, with less blood reaching your fingers. The cooler temperature of your fingers will register on the mood ring as a gray or amber color. When you are excited, more blood flows to the extremities, increasing the temperature of your finger. This drives the color of the mood ring toward the blue or violet end of its color range.
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Color Mood Meanings

Old mood rings were notoriously susceptible to permanent damage. If the ring got wet or even exposed to high humidity, the pigments would react with the water and lose their ability to change color. The ring would turn black. Modern mood jewelry is still affected by water. Mood rings may still be destroyed by exposure to water, typically turning black or brown. Mood “stones” used for beads are typically coated with a polymer to protect them from damage. The beads are interesting because a single bead may display an entire rainbow of color, with the warmest color facing the skin and the coolest color (black or brown) away from the body. Since multiple colors may be displayed on a single bead, it's safe to say the colors cannot be used to predict the wearer's mood.
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Color Mood Meanings

You may notice when wearing a mood ring the most dramatic change in color will be when you first try the ring on.  This is where you will see the beautiful color changing properties e.g. the ring changing from a dark color, through the oranges, greens and blues.  Depending on which ‘mood’ you are in or body temperature the ring will stabilize in color.  If while wearing the ring your ‘mood’ changes so will the color of the mood ring.
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Color Mood Meanings

Since the color of mood jewelry depends on temperature, it will give different readings depending where you wear it. A mood ring may display a color from its cool range, while the same stone might turn a warmer color as a necklace the touches the skin. Did the mood of the wearer change? No, it's just that the chest is warmer than the fingers!
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Color Mood Meanings

Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.
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Color Mood Meanings

Finally, the color of a mood ring may be changed by placing a colored glass, quartz, or plastic dome over the thermochromic crystals. While the color changes will follow a predictable pattern, the only way to know what mood might be associated with a color is by experimentation.
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Your mood affects your body temperature, which is what causes the ring to change colors. When you feel happy or content, your body gets slightly warmer because the capillaries move a little closer to the skin surface and release more warmth, which causes that well-known blush that creeps into the cheeks from time to time. This extra warmth causes the crystals in a mood ring to alter their position, which results in shades of blue. An extremely warm reaction might even cause the color to deepen to purple, which is considered the color of passion.
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Whether at home, in the office or in the natural world, we’re surrounded by color. And, whether we’re aware of it or not, each color affects us on a deeper, subconscious level. Demystify color’s hidden meanings to simplify selecting shades for your home. 
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I do believe color does or can affect mood. Actually, when I am dealing with a client that wants to paint a small room dark blue, I try to figure more about what she/he is really trying for first. They may use terms like “warm” and “comfy”. Not only are they going for a look, but often speak in terms of mood.
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Modern mood rings use a variety of thermochromic pigments. While many of the rings might be set to be a pleasing green or blue color at normal peripheral body temperature, there are other pigments that work from a different temperature range. So, while one mood ring might be blue at normal (calm) body temperature, another ring containing a different material could be red, yellow, purple, etc.
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02 of 03 Why the Colors Aren’t Accurate Hand prints on thermochromic paper. SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Getty Images Modern mood rings use a variety of thermochromic pigments. While many of the rings might be set to be a pleasing green or blue color at normal peripheral body temperature, there are other pigments that work from a different temperature range. So, while one mood ring might be blue at normal (calm) body temperature, another ring containing a different material could be red, yellow, purple, etc. Some modern thermochromic pigments repeat or cycle through colors, so once a ring is violet, an increase in temperature could turn it brown (for example).
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Hand prints on thermochromic paper. SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Getty Images Modern mood rings use a variety of thermochromic pigments. While many of the rings might be set to be a pleasing green or blue color at normal peripheral body temperature, there are other pigments that work from a different temperature range. So, while one mood ring might be blue at normal (calm) body temperature, another ring containing a different material could be red, yellow, purple, etc. Some modern thermochromic pigments repeat or cycle through colors, so once a ring is violet, an increase in temperature could turn it brown (for example).
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Keep in mind that certain shades or tones may result in very different meanings. Also, the context around the color, and even surrounding colors, can have an effect. Think of this as more of a beginning guide to color psychology.