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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.