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Si Dian Jin - Staying Relevant in Modern Times, Part 1

May 16, 2018

 

What is it?
Si Dian Jin (四点金), traditionally a 4-piece set of gold earrings, ring, bangle, and necklace, is an essential part of betrothal gift to the bride.

 

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The Chinese character “Jin” (金) in Si Dian Jin resembles this four-pointed curved roof usually found in traditional homes of Guangdong’s Chaoshan region in China. Usually presented by the groom’s mother to the bride as a ‘gift’, it is a crucial symbolic gesture of welcoming her into the family while assuring the bride that she will always be well taken care of and welcomed under their roof.
 
Traditional Design
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The traditional design on the four pieces of Si Dian Jin jewellery usually comprises of intricate cloud patterns, auspicious floral designs and two mythical creatures, Dragon and Phoenix. All these carvings are meant as a form of blessing in hope that the bride and groom will be a couple match-made in heaven, akin to the Dragon and Phoenix (龙凤配). 
 
Why is there a need for Si Dian Jin in today’s time and age?
  1. A Promise
While there are many other wedding traditions that have been forgotten, Si Dian Jin is one that has lasted through changing times. Too often, the act of “gifting” has now become a meaningless act of going through the motion, with its significance often lost in time. Thus, it is important for us to remember what Si Dian Jin represents, which is a promise from the mother-in-law to ensure the well-being of the bride and giving her a sense of belonging. 

In this gift-giving tradition, it is not the value of the Si Dian Jin, but the symbolic meaning of the in-law’s acceptance that truly matters.
 
  1. An Heirloom so Precious
One of the very first gifts from your in-laws, Si Dian Jin can also be viewed as a family treasure; an heirloom so precious that it is often handed down through generations.  Who doesn’t love a vintage piece of bling to spice up their outfit on a daily basis? Your Si Dian Jin can eventually be kept as a family heirloom to be passed on to your children when they get married and have their own families in the future. 

The true value of your Si Dian Jin doesn’t just lie in the materials used but is something much more than that. The well-wishes and symbolic meaning behind it are priceless.

If you already have a family heirloom, an old piece of jade, diamond, or jewellery passed down through the generations that you have kept locked away because it is too dated, let us help you bring it out of storage. Our Heirloom Revival service will help you to style it up and modernize it to your taste.

 

 
  1. For your Wedding Day
There are many life-changing moments, from winning your first competition to graduation, but there’s nothing quite like your wedding day; the moment where you transition from singlehood to marriage, forming your own family nucleus.

It is usually the norm to receive your Si Dian Jin on wedding day during the tea ceremony and to accessorise yourself with them. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like a set of stylish Si Dian Jin to jazz up your wedding outfit and for you to look back at these touching moments of your life thereafter for many years to come.
 
  1. Wedding and Beyond
You wouldn’t want your Si Dian Jin to be stored in your drawer after the wedding day, never to see the light of day again. Your Si Dian Jin set does not have to be old-fashioned and boring, it can be classy and timeless, pieces of bling that can stand through the test of time and passed on to future generations as heirlooms.

 

 

The contemporary Si Dian Jin pieces in this feature are from Carrie K. We are an award-winning fine jewellery label, that strives to share exuberant tales through our collection of artisan-crafted statement pieces. 

Our Modern Heirloom Line – Heritage, strongly aligns with the ideals behind Si Dian Jin, representing the tradition of having four generations living together in harmony and happiness under one roof. The bling in this collection wishes the wearer happiness, harmony, togetherness, and security, all while remaining trendy and wearable on a daily basis. Feel free to check out our collection here and head down to our Atelier located at National Design Centre for a complimentary fitting session.
 
Stay tuned to Part 2 of this series, where we have some tips for you on selecting your perfect Si Dian Jin set.

Ring Size Chart

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR RING SIZE

1. Measure your fingers at the end of day as your finger size will be different at different times of the day.
Fingers tend swell up during the course of the day as your blood pressure rises.

2. Measure your finger size 3 to 4 times to get a more accurate measure.

3. Your fingers might also swell if you are pregnant or if you are on medication. Take this into account when measuring your fingers.

 

Here are some tips on how you can measure your finger:

First, cut a cardboard strip measuring 0.5cm wide and 15cm long.
Then, wrap the cardboard around the finger to be sized.
Once it’s done, slide the cardboard up to the knuckle, as the ring must be sized large enough to able to slip off and on, over the knuckle.

Next, use a pen to mark on the cardboard where the long end overlaps.
Measure the mark from the end of the length of paper or string with a ruler.
Locate your ring size by locating your measurement against our size chart.
Should the measurement falls in between two sizes, we recommend that you choose the larger size.

 

 Inner Circumference Carrie K. Size/ US, Canada, Mexico UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand Italy, Spain, Netherlands France Germany
46.8 mm 4 H 6.75 46 1/2 15
48 mm 4.5 I 8 47 3/4 15 1/4
49.3 mm 5 J 1/2 9.25 49 15 3/4
50.6 mm  5.5 K 1/2 10.5 50 1/4 16
51.9 mm 6 L 1/2 11.75 52 3/4 16 1/2
53.1 mm 6.5 M 1/2 13.25 54 17
54.4 mm 7 N 1/2 14.5 55 1/4 17 1/4