Selkie here. In Victorian times precious stones were thought to have ‘magical’ properties. For example rubies symbolised passion and seed pearls depicted tears. But I’m living in modern Hawaii, where Virginia was once given a necklace made from … a cowry shell.
Hermit crabs live in empty shells, and a shell held to the ear whispers about the sea. There are lots of mystical powers attributed to cowry shells around the world. How might a cowry contribute to my roller-coaster ride?
Mystical jewellery seems to influence my actions throughout the series. There’s a bangle with attitude found in a French flea market in THE SECOND PATH and a necklace with attitude that calls me to Ireland in THE THIRD NOTE.