What Is the Meaning of an Infinity Necklace?

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What Is the Meaning of an Infinity Necklace?
Celtic jewellery often features the infinity theme with an interlocking design that has no beginning or end. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of anthony kelly)

The infinity necklace can symbolise unity, eternity, empowerment or everlasting love. At its simplest, the symbol resembles a figure eight on its side, but it can also be portrayed by interlocking circles, or as an elaborate interlaced pattern.

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Mathematical Origin

The simple sideways figure eight symbol, known as the lemniscate, was introduced by 17th century English mathematician John Wallis to represent the mathematical concept of infinity, a quantity that's bigger than any number.

Celtic Meaning

Celtic knot symbols, whether simple or intricate, have no beginning or end. They symbolise physical and spiritual cycles of birth and rebirth.

What Is the Meaning of an Infinity Necklace?
Celtic jewellery often features the infinity theme with an interlocking design that has no beginning or end. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of anthony kelly)

Ancient Symbolism

The ouroborus symbol, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt, depicts a serpent eating its own tail and represents rebirth, the cycle of renewal and immortality.

Tarot

The infinity symbol has significance in the Tarot, appearing on the magician card as a halo floating above the magician's head. According to paranormality.com, the card can have numerous meanings, including power and possibility.

Women's Rights

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) partnered with Avon in a campaign to offer jewellery featuring the infinity symbol to denote women's empowerment and help end violence against women.

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