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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. Some, like the evil eye symbol have only grown more widespread. Often the origins of symbols can evolve over time.
In this blog, we talk about the Infinity sign used in jewellery, particularly the infinity necklace.
The Origins of the Infinity Sign
Originally the infinity 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 yin-yang sign.
In mathematics it now represents potential infinity.
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. Set in the centre of a simple chain necklace it can accentuate the infinity symbol.
Infinity Necklaces & Pendants
An infinity necklace not only holds great meaning for the wearer but the symbol looks really fabulous in jewellery.
This fabulous infinity necklace with hearts and up to three names of your choice which form part of the infinity sign. Available here from Juelia, this one is made in sterling silver.
An Infinity symbol can be crafted in any metal, with or without stones, and the symbol normally lays sideways. We’ve added a few of our favourite below.
We love this diamond encrusted infinity symbol that wraps itself around the highly polished white gold cross. It is sure to become a treasured piece. The diamonds are lab-created and so kind to the earth.
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.
The elegant design on the left of a simple polished, 18ct gold band encased in a diamond-studded infinity sign is just perfect.
Infinity Sign Earrings
In both drop and stud earrings styles, the infinity symbol is easily incorporated into earring designs, both in silver and gold.
We adore the hand-crafted look of these infinity earrings in a hook and drop design, which are so elegant and alluring, by award winning brand Devon Leigh.
infinity Brooches & pins
With the rise in the popularity of brooches and pins, we’ve found some beautiful infinity sign pins which, in the case of the pin on the left. With sparkles of cubic zirconia’s and gold-plated to keep costs down.
Or what about the 10k gold diamond set vintage brooch on the right? We think this is so beautiful and reminiscent of a dragonfly’s wings.
Equally good on a lapel or a scarf, these items of jewellery are so versatile.
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.
Double Infinity Sign
Created by two infinity symbols intertwined within the other, the double infinity sign design has become more well-known and sought after as the infinity symbol gained in popularity.
The diamond set necklace about is a perfect example of a double infinity symbol jewellery design. Crafted in rhodium plated sterling silver it is sure to capture admiring glances.
The double infinity symbol offered something that represented two people entwined as one and has become particularly popular in symbols used in tatoo’s, and this symbol was perfect.
The double infinity symbol also looks very Celtic in origin and Celtic designs have always been hugely popular jewellery symbols.