Published on Dec 24, 2019

Infinity Symbol Background Images

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By now you have probably noticed that infinity jewelry is practically everywhere. It comes attached to bracelets, hangs on the chest as pendants and it even decorates wedding bands. If you want to understand the reasons behind its popularity, please keep reading.

Infinity represents something that is boundless or endless or else something that is larger than any real or natural number. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, the nature of infinity was the subject of many discussions among philosophers.

The infinity symbol (∞, sometimes called the lemniscate) is a mathematical symbol representing the concept of infinity.


The infinity symbol’s origins go back to the beginnings of human civilization. Ancient rock carvings with symbols resembling what looks like the number eight in a horizontal position have been found in Tibet. The Ouroboros, a symbol depicting a snake-like creature, has been found in Ancient Egypt and Greece. The creature constantly appears continuously devouring its tail and being born from itself, a cyclic rebirth not too different from that of the phoenix. Not strictly an infinity symbol, the Celtic knot is made up of intertwined loops with no apparent beginning or end. The physical appearance of these knots, just as the infinity symbol, is a direct hint to their endless nature. In regards to religion, the infinity symbol appears wrapped around a Latin cross to represent the eternity of God and the Church. The symbol did not obtain its mathematical meaning until the 17th century when John Wallis, an English mathematician, utilized it to represent a variable taking an infinite value.

So it is not surprising that the shape representing infinity has become a popular jewelry motif. Nowadays, given its usage through the ages, the infinity symbol as a fashion statement most likely stems from what people associate it with the most: an eternal state of being. And that’s because people tend to associate infinity to positive things, such as an everlasting love or friendship. The infinity symbol can also represent the hope for an endless state or belief such a long life or infinite faith. Also in the view of modern mysticism, the infinity symbol stands for a new kind of futuristic thought that seeks to unite mind and body in a quest for harmony and serenity.

Without a doubt, infinity jewelry today is used for its strong connection to the power of true love. That is the kind of love that most of us want to share with that special person in our lives, a love that endures all things, but more importantly never dwindles and always hopes. Receiving an infinity pendant as a gift is a constant reminder of the unwavering love our wives, husbands or mothers will always feel for us. Infinity rings are becoming popular wedding bands for lovers on their special day, as they are a constant reminder their love should continue forever strong. Additionally, infinity bracelets of various materials are popular gifts among friends. The bracelets either prominently display a single infinity symbol or feature small charms hanging from it.

The simplicity of the shape of the infinity symbol doesn’t seem to correlate with its almost endless array of meanings. The number of feelings we can convey with a single piece of jewelry is simply amazing. It is up to you to decide what it means to you personally when buying or receiving one of these pieces of symbolic jewelry.

Carlos Mendez has been involved in the jewelry design industry for a couple of years. Planet Silver offers a rich and diverse collection of unique silver jewelry designs, including beautiful silver infinity-inspired jewelry. Permission to reprint this article is granted if it is printed in its entirely without modifications including the above hyperlinks.

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