A Chinese wedding is a joyous occasion that unites two families and celebrates the beginning of a new life together. A typical Chinese wedding will involve a number of traditions and customs, many of which have been practised for centuries.
Perhaps the most well-known tradition is the gifting of the Si Dian Jin (四点金) set, translated to “Four Touches Of Gold”. So what exactly is the history and significance of this custom? Let’s take a closer look.
ORIGINS OF SI DIAN JIN
Si Dian Jin is a Teochew tradition that dates back centuries to the Chao Shan region in Guangdong province, China.
During the Guo Da Li (过大礼) ceremony, the bride’s mother-in-law will give her daughter-in-law a set of jewellery. It contains a gold necklace, bangle, ring, and a pair of earrings, presented to the bride as a betrothal gift by the groom’s family. The Chinese word for “gold (金)” resembles the curved rooftops of Teochew houses, symbolising that the daughter-in-law is welcome in her new home and that she will always be well taken care of.
While this tradition has now been adopted by the Cantonese, Hokkien, and other Chinese families, the practice still varies amongst dialects. Teochew families typically gift a 4-piece jewellery set, while Cantonese, and Hokkien families may focus on getting one or two pieces of jewellery. The most common jewellery to get is a pair of bangles.
SIGNIFICANCE OF EACH SI DIAN JIN JEWELLERY PIECE
The exchange of Si Dian Jin is an important tradition that is steeped in meaning and symbolism. Here are what each specific jewellery piece in a Si Dian Jin set represents:
- Necklace: The Chinese word for “necklace (連)” is translated to “continuity”, which refers to the linking of two families and building a harmonious relationship.
- Bangle: Bangles are crafted to feature symbolic animal motifs like the dragon and phoenix. The dragon is typically seen as a powerful and benevolent protector, while the phoenix is often associated with beauty, grace, and rebirth. Together on the Dragon Phoenix Pair 999 Pure Gold Bangle, these two symbols represent the perfect balance of yin and yang.
- Ring: The ring represents the couple’s commitment to each other and is typically seen as a symbol of love, prosperity, and good fortune.
- Earrings: A pair of earrings signifies the union and perfect pairing between the bride and groom.
Motifs in Si Dian Jin include:
- Dragon and Phoenix: A divine match made in heaven for a long-lasting marriage that can withstand the test of time.
- Flower: Signifies the beauty and elegance of the bride.
- Shuang Xi (双囍): translating to double happiness, this design symbolises bliss and happiness.
- Pig: Traditional symbol of fertility and abundance.
For many brides and grooms, Si Dian Jin is much more than just a set of wedding day jewellery
– it is a symbol of their love and commitment to each other.
SI DIAN JIN’S EVOLUTION OVER TIME
In the past, Si Dian Jin was often kept away and not worn after the wedding day. However, many modern brides are opting to wear their bridal jewellery set for their wedding day and every day after. Si Dian Jin has since evolved over time to include contemporary designs and pieces made from different materials.
Yellow 916 gold or 999 gold is still the most popular choice as it remains as a good store of value and can be passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. But, white and rose gold Si Dian Jin sets are also becoming more common. Different pearls and gemstones are also often used in modern Si Dian Jin, adding a pop of colour to the traditional gold. These contemporary designs better reflect the bride’s personal style and are more suitable for everyday wear.
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SI DIAN JIN THAT WILL BE CHERISHED FOR A LIFETIME
While the components of the Si Dian Jin jewellery set may vary amongst families, the meaning remains the same: Si Dian Jin is a way for the groom and his family to show the love and devotion to the woman he intends to marry.
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