My grandparents and parents have been saving 24k gold beads since my mom got pregnant. Ten months later, they had saved enough to make 24k gold baby locks for me when I was born. And they present this gift to me and welcome me to the world and the family. The gold baby lock symbolizes protection and a way to ward off evil spirits, along with the engraving of "longevity and hope for a prosperous and healthy life." This 24k gold and incredibly soft necklace have been with me no matter where I go; I brought it with me when I moved to Canada 10 years ago. I admitted that I had many times wanted to melt down the gold and make a more modern piece out of this, but I still had a hard time doing that, considering that was the necklace they had been saving up for all those months and had all the loves from every family members.