If you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking of or planning for your big day! From picking the perfect white dress to finding a venue, being a bride-to-be can be fun yet overwhelming. Especially when you also have to consider age-old wedding traditions that you are expected to follow. For Chinese brides in Singapore, the Si Dian Jin gifting ceremony remains a symbolic custom to be observed before the wedding day.
To help you out, we’ve put together a complete guide to Si Dian Jin — the significance of the tradition, the different types of jewellery designs, how much a Si Dian Jin set costs and where to buy Si Dian Jin in Singapore. Bonus: We’ve also included some ideas for modern Si Dian Jin pieces!
What is Si Dian Jin?
Si Dian Jin (四点金) literally translates into ‘four pieces of gold’. This gold jewellery set is usually gifted by the groom’s mother to the bride during the Guo Da Li (过大礼) or Chinese betrothal ceremony. This ceremony is conducted around 15 to 20 days before the actual wedding day and usually takes place at the bride’s home.
Why four pieces of gold jewellery? Gold is considered auspicious and the Jin (金) character also resembles the 4-point curved sloping rooftops of olden houses in China. The four pieces of gold jewellery — a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bangle or bracelet and a ring — thus signifies that the new bride will always have a roof over her head and that she will be well taken care of. Mothers-in-law (MILs) can either choose to buy new gold jewellery set for their daughters-in-law or pass down heirloom pieces from generations past.
What do traditional Si Dian Jin jewellery designs symbolise?
Pig, phoenix or flowers are the traditional motifs often found on traditional Si Dian Jin jewellery pieces. The pig represents fertility and abundance. Dragon and phoenix designs signify a balanced harmony between the couple while floral motifs represent the bride’s elegance. In recent years, modern designs have also come up so brides-to-be can strike a balance between old and new. Drop hints to your fiance about the fine jewellery designs you’d like for your Si Dian Jin gift in Singapore so he can guide his mum to buying something you’d like too.
How much does Si Dian Jin cost?
With more designs on the market today, the price range of Si Dian Jin jewellery sets in Singapore can vary. This could be from a few thousand dollars to more affordable options at a couple of hundred dollars. Check out our shortlist of places to buy affordable Si Dian Jin gold jewellery in Singapore!
Where to buy affordable Si Dian Jin gold jewellery sets from in Singapore
1. Her Jewellery
Price of a Si Dian Jin set: $109.80
Si Dian Jin isn’t just about traditional yellow gold jewellery; it can be sparkling rose gold jewellery glittered with diamonds too. We love this shiny and chic rose gold set from Her Jewellery Official Store. These affordable gold jewellery pieces can be styled for a romantic restaurant date while other pieces can transition to boardroom meetings too!
The Sweetheart Pendant Rose Gold Necklace is plated with 18K rose gold, is hypoallergenic and adorned with a stunning Swarovski crystal in the middle. Match it with the pair of Lowe Solitaire Earrings (both available on Her Jewellery Official Store) — quality brass earrings with 18K rose gold plating. Who can say no to more bling? The brand’s Imperial Ring and Circle Tennis Bangle (both available on Her Jewellery Official Store) are bound to be show stealers. 23 pieces of crystals embellish the bangle while the ring comes in a variety of sizes for a perfect fit.
2. SK Jewellery
Price of a Si Dian Jin set: $1,226
Prefer decadent gold pieces? Find some of the best looking Si Dian Jin jewellery in Singapore from SK Jewellery Official Store. 999 pure gold is the best purity of gold that’s readily available. SK Jewellery’s 999 pure gold range ensures that you’ll be getting your hands on these coveted pieces.
The Prosperity Rattle Drum 999 Pure Gold Pendant (available on SK Jewellery Official Store) is engraved with the character ‘Fu’. It represents good fortune and luck and is the necklace to wear to welcome the new chapter of your life. Pair it with these gorgeous Starry Drop Chain 5G Gold Earrings and 916 Starlight Gold Ring (both available on SK Jewellery Official Store) for a slightly whimsical feel without compromising on the strikingness of these pieces. But the star of the show here has got to be this beautiful 999 Pure Gold Jin Qian Rose Quartz Bracelet (available on SK Jewellery Official Store) — featuring a 999 gold charm inspired by traditional Chinese gold coins (金钱). 20 translucent rose quartz beads string the bracelet together. Rose quartz promotes unconditional love and peace so you know this is one piece that’s lucky to have on.
Price of a Si Dian Jin set: $1,338
Looking for a modern Si Dian Jin set that strikes a balance between symbolic pieces yet contemporary designs? Meet your jewellery needs from Citigems from Maxi-Cash Singapore Official Store. These are also affordable gold jewellery pieces in Singapore and feature designs you won’t mind wearing even after your wedding.
We couldn’t take our eyes off this mesmerising Round Jadeite Pendant (available on Maxi-Cash Singapore Official Store). The colour green signifies balance, wealth, fertility (ahem!) luck and harmony. It doesn’t hurt that this will also rock with a crisp blouse or shirt. But the symbolism doesn’t just stop there. Clasp on this Oriental Bloom Clover Bracelet and Angel Trumpet Flower Ring (both available on Maxi-Cash Singapore Official Store) — flowers signify jubilation and wealth. These Dove Earrings (available on Maxi-Cash Singapore Official Store) only add on to the wedding theme as doves signify peace and prosperity.
Price of a Si Dian Jin set: $1,389
Want to add that spark of individuality to your Si Dian Jin sets in Singapore? Goldheart Singapore Official Store boasts an array of unique and modern Si Dian Jin pieces which you’ll want to wear out even while doing something as casual as cafe hopping.
If you adore minimalist jewellery pieces then you’ll be blown away by this Mode Gold 916 Necklace with five oval beads. It’ll sit pretty on your neck paired with this Mode Gold 916 Earrings (both available on Goldheart Singapore Official Store) featuring an intricate bead detailing. The Mode Gold 916 Ring (available on Goldheart Singapore Official Store) — a dainty chain ring also holds its own amidst traditional jewellery designs. But of course, we can’t say no to some traditional arm candies like this Double 999 Gold Pixiu Bracelet (available on Goldheart Singapore Official Store). Pixiu, a mythical creature, attracts good fortune and protects the wearer from obstacles. While the green agate beads of this bracelet increase the wear’s compassion and help resolve disputes.
5. Lee Hwa Jewellery
Price of a Si Dian Jin set: $1,464
Looking for exquisite yet contemporary jewellery designs? Lee Hwa Jewellery is the store to consider. They offer some lovely and affordable pieces of gold jewellery in Singapore.
The Bloom 19K Purple Gold Pendant with Diamond (available on Lee Hwa Jewellery) is created from 19K purple gold and 18K white gold. This drop-down necklace with a floral motif and purple ball will surely be a showstopper wherever you go. While the pendant can work on its own, the earrings, bracelet and ring do not disappoint too. The simple but striking Debbey 14K Rose Gold Earrings (available on Lee Hwa Jewellery) is one to pull out for special occasions (visiting your MIL counts). For a twist on traditional gold rings, slip on the Rosetto Ava Pinky Ring (available on Lee Hwa Jewellery) — with a wave-like design crafted from 14K yellow gold, plated rose gold and plated white gold, we think this piece will also look great for any girl boss out there. The minimalist Edith 14K Rose Gold Bracelet with Diamond (available on Lee Hwa Jewellery) may not look particularly interesting at first glance but it has tiny diamond-shaped motifs that are a surprise element perfect for the modern bride who prefers subtle jewellery.
Pick the Si Dian Jin set in Singapore that speaks to you
We hope this guide to choosing Si Dian Jin jewellery pieces in Singapore has come in handy! Are you feeling overwhelmed with planning a wedding? Download this wedding checklist and tick off all the essentials you need. Looking for more bargain wedding buys? These affordable wedding dresses might be useful. Otherwise, design your own gemstone engagement rings in Singapore for brides looking for a twist to diamond rings.
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