The infinity symbol has become an incredibly popular design for jewelry, tattoos and artwork. Don’t worry, tattoo owners…it isn’t going the cliché route of the tribal armband. Whether you have an infinity necklace, tattoo or painting, you are in possession of something special and powerful.
But do you know what it really means?
To understand this, we first have to explain where the infinity symbol came from and what it was originally used for. Since the 17th century, this symbol has gained many different significant meanings over time that you might not know about.
For those of you that have been living under a fashion rock and not yet basked in the glory of this new trend don’t fret, having shot to the forefront of fashion in recent years there are no signs of the infinity jewelry trend slowing down. Many people enjoy adding an infinity necklace or an infinity bracelet to their daily ensemble. The meaning behind an infinity necklace is actually quite beautiful - it symbolizes eternity, empowerment, and everlasting love. To anyone, the infinity symbol can mean different things. So what is it about this symbol that continues to make it so popular?
Infinity Jewelry - The Symbol Origins
Though the infinity symbol can be traced back to mystics roots in Tibetan and Indian cultures, it is best known for its origins as an expression of an infinite sum in Mathematics. Derived from the Latin word infinitas, literally meaning ‘unboundedness’, the infinity sign as we recognize it in modern times was discovered in 1655 by mathematician John Wallis. Wallis coined the term to represent a number that had no end, it was infinite.
Infinity as a representation of eternal love and strength can also be seen in the Celtic cross, whose infinity-inspired shape is symbolic of spiritual love. Lastly, the Ouroborus, part of ancient Egyptian culture, designated as a snake biting its own tail, represents in the relation between beginnings and endings - one cannot exist without the other, creating an everlasting circle.
The mathematical meaning is still one use of the symbol today. The symbol is sometimes referred to as a lemniscate, because of its shape. Lemniscate is derived from a Latin word that means "decorated with ribbons," which makes sense as the infinity symbol looks a lot like a pretty bow. The infinity shape has no end or beginning, much like a circle, and it is divided into two halves.
The Infinity Symbol Today
In addition to its use in mathematics, the infinity symbol is used to represent several abstract concepts. The symbol is commonly used as an expression of endless love or hope.
As exciting as math is, the more heartwarming interpretations are responsible for the popularization of the symbol. It can also represent limitless opportunity, and to many, it is synonymous with loyalty.
An infinity symbol implies that something will last forever, whatever it may be. Many people put infinity symbols on their wedding bands to signify their love will never end.
Others use it to represent the faith they have in God, as the symbol is not specific to one religion. If you bought an infinity necklace for a friend, it could indicate that your friendship will never end.
Some say the infinity symbol is divided into two sections to represent two individuals, elements, or aspects of an individual. This makes it a great gift for couples, or people going through a time of introspection.
The shape has no beginning or end and could be imagined as either a bent circle or two separate but connected teardrop shapes.
Infinity Name Necklace: The Purpose Today
In the case of our jewelry, the infinity symbol denotes the limitless futures of women rescued from slavery. The infinity necklace aligns with all of Purpose Jewelry’s motives and embodies true hope and opportunity.
To rescued women, the infinity symbol represents much more than a numerical value. It is so much more than a sideways eight. An infinity necklace is a beautiful piece of wearable art that reminds them their lives are not over, and that anything is still possible. Our infinity necklace is handcrafted by a survivor of modern day slavery and can bring meaning and value to anyone who wears it.
Given its powerful meaning, infinity jewelry makes not only the perfect gift but also the perfect addition to your collection. Combine it with your own unique personalization and you have a piece that is not only stylish or timeless but can also be entrusted with acting as an eternal keepsake and memento of your love and relationships. The most popular immortalization of the infinity symbol can be seen in the classic Infinity Name Necklace, the evolution of which has seen it further developed into Double Infinity and Vertical Infinity an even Heart Infinity Necklace designs.
A Look At Infinity Rings
While a ring itself can be seen as symbolic of eternal love and commitment, combine it with the infinity design and you have created more than just another piece of jewelry but rather something with a story that can be cherished forever. Infinity Rings can be designed with a name or birthstones as a personal touch, embedded with Cubic Zirconia for that extra sparkle or created with a double infinity symbol; that which is infamous from the popular Revenge T.V series, for a unique design that has an even deeper meaning.