Si Dian Jin (四点金) originated from Teochew province in China, where the Teochews built houses with four-pointed concave roofs that resembled the Chinese character for gold, 金. Consequently, the gifting of a gold set, selected by the groom's mother and passed on to the bride, is a symbolism that she is now a part of a new household and a commitment that she will be well taken care of by the mother.
The Si Dian Jin 四点金 jewellery gift set usually comes in four pieces of solid gold and consists of a pair of earrings, a necklace, bangle or bracelet, and a pendant or ring. Traditional Si Dian Jin designs usually contain auspicious cloud patterns and motifs of a dragon and phoenix chasing after a pearl, suggesting a marriage that is blissful and even divinely-arranged, hence the Chinese saying, 龙凤配.
What began as a Teochew tradition of ushering a new bride into the household is now a common, hospitable custom honoured by newlywed families in Singapore, regardless of dialects.
Four Points of Gold. Four Pillars of Significance.
The gifting of Si Dian Jin 四点金 has grown to become a moment treasured by newlyweds and their families. When Si Dian Jin is presented by the groom's mother at the Tea Ceremony, the implications extend beyond just welcoming a new member into the family.
An Assurance for Brides
Joining a new family could be an anxious transition. For the bride, receiving a prized Si Dian Jin 四点金 from her mother-in-law ascertains her value in her new household. With the gift, she rest in the assurance that her mother-in-law is committed to looking after her.
A Pride for Mothers
For mothers who have raised their son for their entire lives, there is no bigger pride than to witness the union with his lover. Gifting a Si Dian Jin 四点金 is but an expression of joy and sharing in his happiness.
An Heirloom for Daughters
For mothers whose own daughter is marrying out of the family, passing down their own Si Dian Jin 四点金 is a sentimental reminder that they will always be close by each other's hearts even as they are physically apart.
A Story for Generations
As generation after generation of mothers and daughters gift and receive Si Dian Jin 四点金, the values of respecting a new family and accepting a new member as your own skin is passed down and lived on as a unique but meaningful Chinese custom.
Modern Heirlooms: Carrie K.'s Si Dian Jin 四点金 Philosophy
At Carrie K., we are inspired by our heritage and traditions that remain meaningful even to this day and age. We immerse and distill these traditions into our designs so that they may be passed down from mothers to daughters as Modern Heirloom pieces. To that purpose, we've designed our Si Dian Jin 四点金 gift sets to be wearable beyond the wedding day and not just stored away. Our pieces are also wearable in different styles and suitable for different occasions, so you know you can always keep close to your heart the love and bliss that you were showered with when you joined a new family.
Depending on your preference and adherence to traditions, you may choose from our range of Si Dian Jin collections in 18kt yellow or rose gold. If you are big on traditions, consider adding one of Carrie K.'s signature Pearl products into the mix. Pearls are considered gems of purity and are aptly matched with white wedding gowns. In fact, they were once so rare and exquisite that they were donned only on special occasions such as weddings. Today, they add a great touch of class to your wedding outfit, and if you are a little superstitious, wearing pearls could ward of an unhappy marriage as these drops of gems are believed to substitute tears.
Check out our recommendations below, or make an appointment with us to pick out the perfect jewellery gift sets for yourself or your daughter-in-law.
Pictured: Heritage Outer Ring and Center Ring in Amethyst, Heritage Ear Jackets, and Heritage Hexa Pendant Necklace.
The timeless Si Dian Jin 四点金 gift set that takes inspiration from the Peranakan tile and pays homage to the Chinese familial ideal of four generations living under the same roof. This is also Carrie K.'s very first collection of Modern Heirloom pieces that aspires that
Pictured: Star Outer Ring and Star Ring, Star Studs with Pearl Ear Jacket, Pearl Star Necklace
The Star Si Dian Jin 四点金 set is a contemporary ensemble that you can wear and flaunt on any occasion even after your wedding. More than just modern statement pieces, the collection draws inspiration from the Malay Songket, which celebrates the community spirit and camaraderie in all of us.
Pictured: 16" Freshwater Pearl Necklace with 8mm Cream Pearls, Star Pearl Clip, Pearl Star Ear Jacket, Pearl Star Ring
An alternative Star Si Dian Jin 四点金 set features our pearl products more prominently, for those who admire the symbolisms of purity and exquisiteness behind pearls and would love to k weddings. Versatility is a highlight of this collection, with the Ear Jackets wearable as pearl studs or funked up with the jackets. Also check out how Carrie K.'s pearl necklaces can be styled in multiple ways in this video.
Pictured: Compass Link Chain Bracelet, Compass Link Short Necklace , Compass Studs, and Compass Signet Ring, all with Swiss Blue Topaz.
The JOURNEY Si Dian Jin 四点金 set takes a purposeful message from Paige Parker's epic road trip around to world to encourage all women to chart their own journeys. For mothers who look onto their new daughters with pride, this is an uplifting gift set that will be treasured for decades.
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|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|