Si Dian Jin 四点金 - what is it? what does it mean? do I really need it for my wedding?
For young and modern brides to be, many find themselves to be hearing about it for the first time, unsure about the symbolism and tradition behind this wedding custom.
Si Dian Jin 四点金 is a traditional custom that is commonly practiced by most Chinese. Translated as ‘4 touches of gold’, a 4-piece set of wedding jewellery usually consisting of a necklace, a ring, a bangle and a pair of earrings is presented to the bride as a betrothal gift by the groom’s mother.
The origins of this custom surfaced from the olden times where houses in Teochew provinces had 4 curved rooftops that looked like the umbrella shaped chinese word “Jin”. When a mother in law gives her daughter in law Si Dian Jin 四点金, it represents and shows the daughter to be that she will always have a roof (or rather 4 roofs) over her head. The wedding jewellery symbolises a welcome into the family, and is a way of saying that the bride will always be taken care of.
Most Teochew families continue to practice the custom of Si Dian Jin 四点金 with a complete set of all four items, while the Cantonese and Hokkien dialect groups place more importance on a pair of bangles, one with a dragon motif and one with a phoenix motif. This symbolises harmony and all roundedness. It is believed that the dragon and phoenix provide strength and balance in relationships, bringing to the newly weds a new chapter of everlasting love and fulfilment.
As Si Dian Jin 四点金 was typically given in solid yellow gold in the past, many young brides hold the view of Si Dian Jin 四点金 being merely a custom, finding it hard to appreciate the jewellery or wear them again even after their big day. However, there are many modern options available today. From classic Jade designs with intricate motifs of asian heritage to timeless white gold pieces, modern wedding jewellery should be loved and cherished, and even be worn for countless occasions to come after your big day. It is also common for the modern bride not to stick with the 4 pieces of different jewellery, deciding to have two necklaces or two rings instead, or even just purchasing one piece of jewellery that is of a higher value.
We hope you've gained some insights into what Si Dian Jin 四点金 is all about! Depending on your heritage, the custom of Si Dian Jin 四点金 may hold more importance than others. There is also no fixed rule or superstition involved should the couples choose to not practice the custom. However, Si Dian Jin 四点金 may be a lovely way to add a touch of tradition to the biggest day of your life. Bringing a part of your cultural roots to the next step of your life and having these jewellery pieces to treasure for a lifetime can be an amazing way to keep these memories, perhaps even passing them down to your children and your children's children, holding stories that can be told from generation to generation.
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