Si Dian Jin (四点金), is a Teochew cultural tradition, where the groom’s parents gift the bride a set of four pieces of jewellery to welcome her into the family. Not to be confused with a dowry or a bride price, Si Dian Jin is traditionally made of solid gold, and consists of a pair of earrings (considered one piece), a necklace, bangle or bracelet, and pendant or ring. A similar practice exists in Cantonese culture, where the bride receives a pair of gold bangles (“Dragon-Phoenix Bangles”).
Si Dian Jin originated from China, where Teochew provinces had four roofs that resembled the chinese word for gold, “Jin”. Thus, when a mother gives her daughter Si Dian Jin, it symbolises that she will always have a roof over her head and be well taken care of. This set of wedding jewellery also acts as a welcome gift from the groom’s family to the bride. In Cantonese culture, the pair of bangles represent a phoenix and a dragon respectively, symbolising strength and balance for the newlyweds’ relationship.
These practices differ from family to family depending on how strictly they adhere to traditional customs, and Si Dian Jin has spread to other Chinese cultures, while Si Dian Jin is no longer available in solid gold alone.
More modern couples have opted for other materials for their Si Dian Jin, such as gold plated or silver, resulting in a rather wide price range, from two or three thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Due to the high prices, it is imperative that both families have similar expectations and experiences in following the Si Dian Jin custom.
Si Dian Jin is a great way to add a touch of tradition to your big day. Whether you choose a traditional set or opt for more modern designs, Si Dian Jin will represent the beginning of a new life with your spouse. Having these jewellery pieces will help you remember these amazing memories and make for valuable family heirlooms, bringing with them the cherished stories of your love.
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