Australia: Keppell Bay and Townsville shows in North Queensland are held every year. Normally held in July. The next national shell show is to be held in Brisbane.
America: Conchologists of America hold a national show every year. Please check Conch net web site.
Europe: The Paris and Antwerp shell shows are held every year. Please check Spirula and Vita Marina sites.
Congratulations on your choice of a fascinating and exciting hobby. Shell collecting can take you to all corners of the globe and you now have the chance to meet some great people from all walks of life who also love these "gems from the sea."
I have lower priced specimens available in most families for the new collector. Please enquire if you are looking for a particular specimen but dont want to pay full price for a perfect shell.
I recommend "Compendium of Seashells" by Tucker Abbott and Peter Dance as the best shell book for beginners. It has a comprehensive listing of most families and the color photos are of good quality allowing easy identification of most shells.
A "Compendium of Landshells" is also available of similar quality.
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