The Strange History of the Mood Ring

Jessica Schiffer

Journalist Tom Wolfe famously called the 1970s the “me” decade to reflect a growing preoccupation with the self, and no item from the time represents that more than the mood ring. As ’80s and ’90s babies, most of us know only of the cheaper novelty versions of the ring, usually sold at hippie-dippie tchotchke shops and flea markets, but they were once considered legitimate pieces of jewelry.

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