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.
The infinity symbol started out as nothing more than a sideways figure 8. It was seen in several paintings but didn't have any real meaning until mathematician John Wallis used it. In 1655, Wallis used the infinity symbol to denote mathematical infinity, an actual or potential endless quantity of values.
How’s that for a fun fact? Make sure to keep that one in your back pocket to impress your friends.
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.
The Purpose of Infinity Necklaces
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.
The beautiful infinity necklace is 18" long and is available in gold or silver. It features two infinity symbols, one in the front and a smaller one in the back. You can order the infinity necklace here to support the lives of women who are survivors of sex trafficking.