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The Blessings Hidden Within The Chinese Wedding Tradition of Si Dian Jin
Feast your eyes on CHOW TAI FOOK’s latest Si Dian Jin collections and learn about this meaningful age-old wedding tradition that is still widely practiced today.
No matter which part of the world you come from, weddings are a celebration of love, family and the traditions that represent our culture. In Singapore, Chinese wedding traditions are an important component of weddings here. Not only does it honor our ancestral roots, wedding traditions such as the gifting of the Si Dian Jin (四点金), the betrothal jewellery, also serve as blessings for the newlyweds’ marriage and future.
The History and Significance of Si Dian Jin
Literally translating into four pieces of gold, the tradition of Si Dian Jin originated from the Chaosan region of Guangdong province in China. As the Chinese character Jin (金) resembles the sloping rooftops of the houses in the Chaosan region, the gifting of four pieces of gold to the bride during the Guo Da Li (过大礼) ceremony came to symbolise that she will always have a roof over her head, signifying that she will be well taken care of and provided for.
Today, the gifting of Si Dian Jin during the Guo Da Li ceremony has come to symbolise the bride’s welcome into the groom’s family, and is one of the wedding traditions still widely practiced by soon-to-be newlyweds.
The Bond to Love Pure Gold Bridal Collection
Meticulous care is taken into the selection of the four pieces of gold that will be given to the bride. Comprising of a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bangle and a ring, the four pieces of jewellery are usually in gold and will feature auspicious symbols such as floral designs, shuang-xi (双囍) characters, the dragon and phoenix motifs, and more.
In the Chinese culture, flowers are a symbol of jubilation, wealth, bliss and harmony, so it is not surprising to see floral designs included in Si Dian Jin collections such as CHOW TAI FOOK’s ‘Bond to Love’ Pure Gold Bridal Collection. Featuring contemporary styles in floral motifs, this collection is an ideal complement to any evening gown with sleek modern designs that fit into the bride’s personality effortlessly. The name ‘Bond to Love’ represents the auspicious blessings for both the couple and their families, where ‘Bond’ refers to the everlasting union between the husband and the wife, while ‘to Love’ illustrates the touching scene on the wedding day when the bride puts on the gold jewellery given by her parents and in-laws, and receive blessings from families and friends.
Highlighting four exquisite sets of pure gold bridal jewellery with the leitmotif of flowers, namely the Lily, Primula, Moth Orchid and Hydrangea, this “Bond to Love” collection is guaranteed to appeal to brides from all walks of life and reflects a wealth of individual preferences.
The flower, Primula, alludes to Spring, the season of hope and revival, where a fresh start to a brighter future awaits us. Carved out from pure gold with an undulating contour, the generously brushed petals and the leaves worked with CNC engraving and openwork are juxtaposed to create a layers of glitter in the “Bond to Love” collection featuring Primula flowers. The necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet of the Primula line pays homage to the adorable character of the bride and the timeless romance of the couple.
Hailed as ‘the queen of orchids’ for its graceful nobility, the Moth Orchid flower is a token of pure love and blissful marriage. Delicately illustrated with sleek lines, this jewellery set underlines the intricate texture of pure gold with satin and burnishing finish, while the interplay of solid and openwork designs expresses the beauty of the moth orchid blossoms. The dew droplets exquisitely placed beneath the petals further allude to the couple’s married life, in which their love continues to thrive on cultivation. The versatile necklace featuring a detachable pendant is matched with bracelet, earrings and ring to add to the extraordinary grace of the bride.
Aside from flowers, shuang-xi (双囍) is another auspicious symbol widely used in weddings. shuang-xi literally means ‘double happiness’ and is an ornamental design motif associated with Chinese weddings. With two 喜 (xǐ, ‘happy’ or ‘joy’) compressed to assume the square shape of standard Chinese character, shuang-xi doubles the joy to coincide with the new couple. This shuang-xi pure gold Si Dian Jin design under the same ‘Bond to Love’ collection is the perfect bridal set to follow the Chinese auspicious sayings of ‘happiness comes in twos’.
Who is CHOW TAI FOOK Jewellery
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (SEHK stock code: 1929) is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2011. The Group’s vision is to become the most trusted jewellery group in the world.
Founded in 1929, the Group’s iconic brand “CHOW TAI FOOK” is renowned for its product design, quality and value. The Group’s multi-brand strategy comprises the CHOW TAI FOOK core brand with its offerings of different retail experiences including ARTRIUM, JEWELRIA, Experience Shop and CTF WATCH, in addition to other brands including HEARTS ON FIRE, T MARK, SOINLOVE and MONOLOGUE.
The “Bond to Love” Pure Gold Bridal collection is available at any of the four CHOW TAI FOOK boutiques in Singapore, located at ION Orchard, VivoCity, Jewel Changi Airport and Terminal 1 of Changi Airport. To see the “Bond to Love” Pure Gold Bridal collection and other range of jewellery up-close, simply visit any one of their stores!
CHOW TAI FOOK is located at Jewel Changi Airport, Ion Orchard, VivoCity and Terminal 1 of Changi Airport.
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