Have you ever wondered why Si Dian Jin 四点金 gifting has become such a ubiquitous practice among Chinese Singaporeans, even though it was birthed from the Teochew province in China?
From the reason why Si Dian Jin 四点金 comes in gold, to modern betrothal gifting in China, we dish out 6 quirky but insightful tidbits about Si Dian Jin 四点金 that will change your perceptions and inspire you to wear it even more.
Although Si Dian Jin 四点金 symbolises the mother-in-law's hospitality and assurance of the bride's place in her new family, a big reason for having a full jewellery set in yellow gold is for pragmatic purposes. The turn of the 20th Century was an unsettling period in China, so gold was deemed as a financial blanket and a commonly accepted currency in the event that cash was needed.
Carrie K.'s Si Dian Jin set in Yellow Gold
Because gold was immediate currency, a lot of Si Dian Jin 四点金 sets couldn't live to be passed down as heirloom pieces to the next generations, as they were traded away for quick cash.
The good news is with our economic stability, Si Dian Jin 四点金 need no longer be sold off to tide through rainy weather, and they could now be worn as long as possible, and even passed down to daughters as Modern Heirlooms long after your big day.
Having been birthed in the Teochew province, it's no surprise that the tradition of gifting Si Dian Jin 四点金 is propagated to Singapore, with a significant Teochew diaspora in our country and around Southeast Asia.
The Teochew culture and values are still strong in Southeast Asia, so much so that they have an honourable mention in Crazy Rich Asians, when Eleanor confronted Rachel at the Mahjong Parlour, housed in a Teochew-Peranakan-cross shophouse. Eleanor even dropped off a famous Teochew word kakinang, meaning people of our kind!
The Teochew Building in Singapore (Source: Roots.sg)
You might be amused to learn that Si Dian Jin 四点金 is more honoured in Singapore than in Mainland China today. The Cultural Revolution in China led to the decline of many customs, including Si Dian Jin 四点金. As China flourishes once more, betrothal gifts for a bride have become more practical but less meaningful, taking the forms of more material gifts such as cash and car.
Singapore is a multiracial country, so it's no surprise that even among the Chinese community, there's little to no barrier between clans and dialects. With that, Si Dian Jin 四点金 is no longer a tradition by the Teochews and for the Teochews, but has become a gifting staple that is uniquely Singaporean.
Interested in the meanings and significance of Si Dian Jin 四点金? Learn more about it here.
While times have moved on, some meanings haven't. The bestowal of a Si Dian Jin 四点金 jewellery set from the mother-in-law to the bride is the most classic form of welcoming a new member in the family.
As the Teochew-originated saying goes 情比金坚, meaning a relationship is sturdier than gold, the gifting of Si Dian Jin 四点金 remains very much a sentimental gesture that transcends any dialect, even as the material value of the jewellery set continues to ascertain the bride's place in the groom family's.
With more families picking up or honouring the tradition of Si Dian Jin 四点金 gifting, it has been become a classic wedding tradition with a twist, albeit a uniquely Singaporean one!
Pearls and Si Dian Jin 四点金 is a modern but meaningful take on a timeless tradition.
Just as Si Dian Jin 四点金 has been woven into Singapore's wedding landscape, it continues to be open to adaptations. Unlike the past when conventional yellow gold was preferred for its ready value, modern Si Dian Jin 四点金 could afford to come in more aesthetic options and in alternative materials – such as rose or white gold, and pearls.
If you reckon that Si Dian Jin 四点金 should be cherished and want to wear them for as long as you can, Carrie K.'s unique and versatile Si Dian Jin collections are designed for you to wear your jewellery on your big day, and every day after. More importantly, you can treasure them and pass down to your daughters as a keepsake of your family stories.
|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|