Traditionally given to the bride by the groom’s parents, si dian jin (literally translated to four pieces of gold) was a custom of the Teochew clan from China, but this is now a treasured part of many Chinese wedding ceremonies in Singapore.
The set usually consists of a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a ring and the bride will wear all the pieces, along with the kwa (the Chinese wedding dress) during the tea ceremony.
One of two sets of si dian jin jewellery collections from TianPo Jewellery
Think si dian jin though, and dated gaudy gold jewellery, which you might never wear again after your wedding day, tends to come to mind. Add on the pressure of choosing a set which your parents-in-law will be happy to spend money on ‒ especially since gold prices are still pretty high ‒ and the si dian jin seems like something you might want to forego as part of your wedding ceremony.
TianPo Jewellery’s new bridal collection, however, includes interpretations of the set which will satisfy both traditional and modern tastes. With combinations of multi-faceted yellow and white gold to increase its wearability and fluid curves, you’ll be happy to show this jewellery off on the big day.
The Double Happiness set (pictured above), which incorporates the familiar “xi” in a trendy way with yellow gold and diamonds is an especially nice way to celebrate your Chinese heritage and will easily become a staple in your accessory wardrobe.
Other than the si dian jin sets, TianPo Jewellery’s collection features designers from all over the world. Swiss jeweller Annika Larrson’s substantial rings (pictured below) will appeal to those who want to make a statement while the Harmony Melange line from France allows couples to mix and match different types of simple gold bands. Similarly minimalist is the Veradis range which uses diamonds and carved lines strategically.
Examples of more bridal jewellery from TianPo Jewellery; Swiss jeweller Annika Larrson’s substantial rings (above top) & a bracelet from the Blesse collection (above)
For girly brides, have a look at the Serenity line which has an artsy and glittering take on ribbons. Interlocking circles and graphic blocking are a signature of the Blesse line, which is understated luxury at its best; and if you’re the sort who likes big rocks, then the Centauri range, which combines smaller diamonds to form what looks like a huge solitaire, is perfect.
Prices start from $538. TianPo Jewellery showrooms are at #B1-12/13 313 Somerset, #01-25 Causeway Point, #01-43 Centrepoint, #01-12 City Square Mall, #02-32 Holland Road Shopping Centre, #B2-16 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #01-83/84 nex @ Serangoon Central, #01-48 People’s Park Complex, #01-49/50 Tampines 1, #02-83 VivoCity and #01-12 West Mall. Log on to www.tianpo.com/collections/bridal for more information.