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Current Mood: Loving '90s-Style Rings

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Fitbits, period-tracking apps, those bracelets that light up when you get a text (how do they know?): they all have a common ancestor. And it’s not Steve Jobs, that’s for sure. Back in the ’90s, if you wanted to get a sense of how your day was going, how happy you were with your cardiovascular performance, or if you just wanted a good old fashioned jolt of affirmation, there was no social network or front-facing camera to deliver. You had to seek all this info and more from the mystical, magical mood ring.

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Eddie Borgo Dahlia mood ring, $250.

The mood ring was something between ancient seer, medical alert system, and those text-a-therapist websites. The accompanying literature (usually the back on the cardboard on which they were mounted) all suggested they worked by sublimating your body temperature into translatable colors and moods (no small feat in the face of heady teenage fluctuation). You could wait for your crush to walk by and glance furtively to see if there was a dark undercurrent to your attractions, the murky green of jealousy making a surprise swirl into the familiar florid default-teenage-setting of flaming orange desire—constant desire, for everything. Persistently confusing readings were common because nineties mood rings (a majority coming out of Claire’s and Spencer’s), were known to get stuck (befitting the time, usually halfway between purple power and red pride, washing out into angsty brown.)

Modern mood rings have debugged these common glitches, and added more colors (because we’re feeling all sorts of articulated, technicolor ways now). Eddie Borgo, the jewelry industry’s favorite resident mystic, has put out a very Game of Thrones-y option, for the girl who isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her…finger, flashing a potentially clarifying, potentially confusing, but always colorful readout of what’s exactly going on in there. To anyone else, it’ll look like wearable tech. But for the lucky, introspective girl wearing it, it’s like getting a text, or an Instagram, or a Snapchat…from yourself.

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Mondo Mondo mood ring, $135.

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Claire’s mood ring, $5.

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Photos: Eddie Borgo

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