Jewellery is all about sentiment and meaning. Whether it is for a gift for another or something that holds special meaning in your heart, a piece of jewellery can sum up a thousand words.
As such, symbols have played a huge part in jewellery making for hundreds of years but have really gained in popularity in modern times. Often the origins of symbols can evolve.
In this blog, we talk about the Infinity sign used in jewellery, particularly the infinity necklace.
The Affinity Sign In Jewellery
The infinity symbol is an elegant, tactile shape and lends itself beautifully to items of jewellery. With no beginning and no end, the symbolism seems obvious. It makes a beautiful statement meaning everlasting, eternal and never-ending – usually with regards to love.
What Is The Meaning of An Infinity Necklace
Each of the sides of the sign are equal (although variations are seen in jewellery making) which represents balance, harmony, male and female, light and darkness, breathing out and breathing in.
The coming together of both sides where they meet and become one are at the central point.
An Infinity necklace not only holds great meaning for the wearer but the symbol looks really fabulous in jewellery pieces.
An infinity symbol necklace can be crafted in any metal, with or without stones and the symbol usually lays sideways. We’ve added a few of our favourites below.
Gold Infinity Necklaces
Silver Infinity Necklaces
Infinity bracelets have the infinity symbol laying sideways across your wrist.
These fabulous bangles are open at one end and are flexible so are easy to put on and take off.
Infinity rings are loved by our customers and come with and without stones. They don’t look heavy on your finger due to the openwork design.
In Christianity, the Infinity cross symbolises the everlasting love of Christ having no beginning and no end.
The Origins of the Infinity Sign
Originally the symbol was called the Lemniscate by ancient philosophers, meaning “ribbon”. It has a spiritual meaning and was seen on Saint Boniface’s cross.
The infinity sign was introduced as a mathematical sign in 1655 by John Wallis. Leonhard Euler also introduced a symbol in mathematics very much like the infinity sign called ‘absolute infinitus’, meaning “unboundedness”, which was open at both ends very much like the ying-yang sign. In mathematics it now represents potential infinity.
An ancient snake symbol where it eats its own tail symbolised the infinite and called an ‘Ouroboros‘.
This was originally drawn as a circle but now takes on the shape of a sideways figure of eight. This probably derives from the mathematical meaning of the symbol but also from two circles, intertwined, meaning eternity and the cycle of birth and death.