From the Hmong people , this silver longevity necklace "locked" a newborn child's spirit to the earth.
The pendants tend to be flat, without any moving parts, or the functionality of the locks they symbolize. Meant to protect the wearers from harm, misfortune, and evil spirits, and to bless them with good luck, longevity. In particular, this talisman is meant for the young , to help "lock" them to the earth, to guard them from death.
In addition to the central "soul lock", Michele Lorenzo, the artist, has strung silver spacer beads, and Dutch trade beads.
14 1/4". Pendant is 1 1/2" x 2 1/8".