Celso started collecting shells on a trip to Patagonia with
his wife. They went to Isla Navarino in the Beagle Channel and
took a walk on the beach, which was covered with shells.
Celso Esteves Collection - Brazil
They liked the experience so much
that they brought some home, and kept collecting more during subsequent
trips. Their friends, knowing of this new hobby, also started
bringing shells from abroad to increase their collection. One
of those friends found an edition of the Compendium of Seashells
on a trip and gave it to Celso so that he could start identifying
his material. By then, the shells were properly displayed in a
showcase but without names on them.
Since he was getting more and more
shells, he decided to exchange shells with other collectors, and
in 2000 he joined Conquiliologistas do Brasil (Brazilian shell
Today he has about 2,500 different
species in his collection, all marine, and nowadays concentrates
his efforts to obtain new Brazilian species.