Solid sterling silver spirit lock. Spirit locks function as amulets to ‘lock’ the soul of a person into his or her body in the case of illness, accident or spiritual malaise. Spirit locks are primarily worn by the Hmong and Akha hilltribe people of Thailand, Burma and Laos. They are given to newborn babies at birth for protection, and children can be seen throughout these cultures wearing 3 or 4. This piece was strung with hematite, a stone for protection, healing, grounding and stabilization.