Monday, October 28, 2013

Unique Home Decorations – Buying a Bar Globe

Unique Home Decorations – Buying a Bar Globe

Many of us would love to have a home that looks classy and elegant, while also having a modern touch. Most would consider getting chandeliers or big centerpieces for their tables, but for something classic yet fresh, try getting a bar globe to spice things up.

Bar globes are probably not the most thought of decorating pieces, but once you find the perfect one, you’ll be glad you got it. Below are a few tips to help you choose the best bar globe for decoration.

Size matters when choosing a bar globe. You don’t want to get something that’s too small or too big. You also have to consider what you’ll be placing inside the globe. Are you going to place actual long necked bottles inside or transfer the liquor or drinks into something smaller? Will you also need extra space for glasses or an area for the ice bucket? Don’t limit yourself to the regular table top bar globes and look for floor bar globes. These are much bigger so you can store a lot of things inside them. Also, it’s best to measure the globe before you buy it to make sure it’s not too big for the area. You don’t want to have something that could get in the way because it’s too big.

Pick something that matches the color scheme of the whole room. Something too colorful and modern isn’t going to blend too well with a room that’s meant to look like it’s from the Victorian era.

Rimini Bar Globe
However, don’t be afraid of color. Check out a few colorful options like the Rimini Bar Globe. This is decorated with 16th century maps and its colored white. Not only is the outside of the globe designs, the inside also has colorful details to make it look extra special. You can just leave it open so you appreciate the little details on the globe.

Extra Room
Some bar globes actually give you extra space to keep your bottles. Most of the time, the base of the bar globe has a divider installed to it so you can neatly organize your bottles under the sphere. Other bar globes also have a small table attached to the actual base itself, which makes it great for entertaining. Extra space just helps you make your bar a bit more organize and you can maximize the use of your bar globe.

Learn more about these great globes by visiting or contacting the Ultimate Globes customer support hotline.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Why Choose a Decorative Gemstone Globe?

When it comes to one of kind decorative pieces, a gemstone globe is the way to go. These beautiful globes are made from a number of different types of gems and precious stones. You might ask why you should get one, considering that they are a bit expensive. But gemstone globes are more than just a colorful ball.

Learning Tool
Keep in mind that a gemstone globe is still a globe. So technically, you can use it as an educational
tool. Look up countries and landmarks with the globe and learn more about the world. These globes are colorful, so if you’re a visual learner, you’ll love using these globes. Since they have a lot of color, details are easily seen and differentiating different areas and boundaries will be easy.

Functional Piece
Bookend Gemstone Globe
Some gemstone globes, such as the Opiate Gemstone Globe Bookends, are designed to look like the usual globe. However, you can actually pull them apart and use them as bookends or stoppers. Some gemstone globes are also used as paper weights and clocks. You can find a number of office tools designed as gemstone globes. You can give your desk and office a little color and life with these colorful globes.

Decorative Piece
You can’t deny that a gemstone globe is mainly used for decorative purposes. If you’re looking for something that’s big and can be used as a center point, you can actually find gemstone globes as big as regular floor globes. Don’t limit yourself to desktop gemstone globes. Try to look for bigger globes that you can integrate as a piece of furniture, not just as a small accent to the whole design.

One of a Kind Gift
If you want to give someone something special, something that’s different and memorable, give them a gemstone globe. Most people marvel at how beautiful these are, especially the ones that are just a few inches big. People often wonder how these are made and how the smallest details are placed on them. They’d make a wonderful gift since they can be used for a number of things and they look good as an accent.

Gemstone globes are definitely unique. It can be used as a part of the décor or as a functional office tool. If you can find these at home décor stores, try going online. You can find a number of designs and sizes to choose from.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Special Gifts – Rotating and Levitating Globes

Although most globes come with a sphere in the middle of a meridian and a solid base, globe makers have given many modern globes a technological makeover. Today, you can get unique globes that spin and float in mid-air.

Mova Revolving Globe
Thanks to the powers of magnets and light, gravity or levitation and self-revolving globes are now available on the market, making for great gifts for your friends and loved ones. These globes are fun and relaxing to look at. They’re great gifts if you want something different and special.

Here are a few reasons to get levitating globes as gifts.

Mova Self-spinning Globes Look Magical

Imagine having one of these little globes on your table. They don’t have any cords for electricity to make them turn, nor do they operate on batteries.

You might even say it looks magical. These strange but amusing self-spinning globes, such as the Mova Globe Revolving models, are constructed in a clever manner. The actual globe is placed inside a clear container and is filled with liquid. This keeps the globe suspended, and it uses the earth’s own gravitational pull and solar energy to spin. Think of it as how a compass would work. You can pick up the globe and it would continue to spin in your hands, as long as there’s a light source available. It’s your own little world in the palm of your hands.

Levitating Globes Come in Bigger Sizes 

If you want to give out a globe to someone who’s at school, then it’s best to choose one that’s a big bigger than a desk globe. Bigger globes make it easier for them to spot the different land masses and areas that they’re looking for and levitating globes can be taken off from their stands very easily. They can just take it off the base and examine the globe thoroughly. Afterwards they can just place it back on the magnetic base and it can stay suspended there till they need it again.

Not sure? Need more input? Call Ultimate Globes Customer Support at 877-745-6237 ext 101 and we will be happy to assist.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Shopping for a School Globe Made Easy

Shopping for a School Globe Made Easy: Tips to Get Rid of the Hassle

Earth & Constellation
One of the main uses of a world globe is to work as an educational tool, providing easy-to-grasp information about the world, its topography and geography, as well as the different countries and borders men have created in it.

If you're looking to buy a globe for any kind of learning institution, it can be easy to think of the task as an easy one. This, unfortunately, is not the case, as the sheer variety of world globes on the market can make it difficult to narrow down your choice. Be ready to ask questions about a world globe’s style, size, materials, features, finish, type, and more if you want to get the most out of your investment.

What is The Globes Purpose?

Obviously, since you're buying a globe for a school, you want it for educational purposes. As silly as it sounds, asking yourself specific questions on why you want a globe in the first place is arguably the most important thing to do before buying a globe for educational use.

For instance, do you want a globe that will occupy the floor in say, a library? You'll want a floor globe for that. Do you want multiple globes in ascending sizes to line the top of your bookcases? Tabletop globes are for you then. Are your students about to study topography? Is political information (e.g. state borders, government histories) important? Or do you want globes with interactive features designed to appeal to young children, like this one below?

These are crucial considerations to make because what you want the globe for easily narrows down the type of globe you'll want to buy.
Standard Classroom Globe

Other Factors to Consider

Other things you'll need to consider are globe type, size, color, features, and more.

World globes are essentially categorized into three main types: physical globes, which provide information about the Earth’s terrain, its landscape, and ecological zones; political globes, which display state borders in prominence and use bolder colors to emphasize boundaries; and celestial globes, which display the positions of heavenly bodies in relation to the planet.

When it comes to size, globes are divided into:

Floor standing globes, the largest of the bunch, requiring plenty of space and having tall, sturdy bases to support their weight and diameter.

Tabletop globes, which are made to occupy desks, but are still large enough to display detailed information required in an educational setting.

Desktop globes, which are smaller and gravitate towards decorative use, being too small to display a lot of information.

Still Need Help?

Sometimes even once you have made your checklist it may still be a little difficult to decide on the right globe. Unfortunately it is virtually impossible to find an actual store that actually carries a variety to view.  If you need assistance keep in mind that we work with hundreds of schools each month, outfitting their classroom and meeting their needs for maps and globes, so feel free to pick up the phone or send us an email and maybe there is a bit more information we can provide that will help with your purchase.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Why Invest in a World Globe?

Commaner II Globe

Why Invest in a World Globe?
There are plenty of reasons to take a world globe home with you right now. For starters, you could get one to serve as a traditional reference tool for learning purposes, or you could simply get one because of its classic looks.
Whatever reasons you may have in your mind, there’s no denying that a world globe makes for a fine addition to any home, bringing out the best in its décor.
Interior Design
If your goal is to complement your home’s interior with a world globe, then the variety of choices you have might surprise you. Your selections can range from the kind of materials used, globe styles, features, sizes, to colors, base and mount types and more. A good rule of thumb is to buy a globe that will complement the existing space you’re going to place it in.
For instance, if you have a rustic looking room, or perhaps a library adorned with rich hardwood, a raised relief globe in cream-colored tones and made with a wood stand and mount, such as the one pictured to the right, will not look out of place in both these areas. The fact a raised relief globe actually allows you to feel differences between oceans and mountains on its surface only add to the aesthetic appeal of the room.
Besides raised relief globes, there are other options to consider that add just as much elegance to a room, if not more. Take gemstone globes for example. These globes, as their name suggests, are handcrafted and made from semi-precious gemstones—the same stones you see in many jewelry pieces. Each stone is placed carefully on the globe, which still shows an impressive amount of detail and accuracy despite being a decorative piece.
If you want a globe strictly for educational purposes, plenty of political globes out there bear elegant looks sure to make people do a double take on them.
Don’t Limit yourself to World Globes
You don’t even have to limit yourself to a world globe. Go out of this world with a moon globe, or see the positions of the stars and constellations in relation to our planet with a celestial globe. These globes are less common, and are sure to spark conversation with people who observe them.
When buying a world globe, it’s best to think of them as pieces that will last a lifetime, and maybe even more. World globes make for great heirlooms, and their value can increase as you hand them down from one generation to the next.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Refresher on How to Use World Globes

Most of us have been taught how to use globes at elementary school – but that was long ago, at least for me. For those who might have forgotten how to use globes, here's a refresher.

The Basics

First, you should know the limitations of globes.... these are pretty obvious:
  1. Globes cannot fit your pocket – Unlike maps, globes are bulky and so they cannot be easily taken on a trip. This limitation has now been somewhat overcome with the introduction of Google Earth and similar software for smartphones but good luck to you in a place where there's no data or GPS signal. The initial bulkiness and space constraints of globes lead to the second limitation:
  2. Globes are limited on what features they can include due to size. Even the most detailed globe in the world, the Diplomat, containing over 20,000 place names, might not include your home town – or places you might like to look up; and that brings us to the third limitation of globes (and maps), which is just an extension of the second:
  3. Undiscovered/secret places are not included in globes and maps. You might discover something new in a globe and map, but that would just be new to you, not necessarily to others. Even in our Age of Satellites (and Google Earth), there are still places on the globe that ordinary people are not allowed to see – for "security" purposes (for whose's security that refers to is open to different interpretations).

Reading a globe between the lines

To find a place on an educational globe you need the two kinds of 'lifelines' drawn on it: the Latitude and Longitude lines.

Latitude lines go alongside (parallel to) the equator, which circles the middle of the globe between poles (the poles mark the apparent 'axle' on which the earth turns). The equator itself is a line of latitude.

Lines that go from pole to pole (North to South, or up and down if you like) are lines of longitude. They are also called meridians. Unlike latitude lines, which have the equator as a starting point, there is no natural place to start as 'zero' longitude line. For centuries different countries used different longitude lines, sometimes going through their own places, as zero meridian to establish their own primacy – hence 'prime' meridian. Nowadays globes have the Greenwich Meridian as the prime meridian (France stuck to the Paris Meridian for decades after the International Meridian Conference).

Sometimes lines of latitude and longitude are confused with the area (or angle) bounded by either latitude or longitude lines. These areas are the real latitudes and longitudes. Here's how the concept works:
Latitude and longitude graticle by Peter Mercator (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image from Wikimedia Commons
The φ (phi) is a piece of real latitude and the λ (lambda) is a piece of real longitude.

Adding to the confusion is the assigning of latitude and longitude numbers (coordinates) to places, because the intersection of two lines is not an area like a real latitude or longitude, or a real place – it is a point. This doesn't bother people though.

To locate a place on a globe, all you have to do is to:
  1. Know its coordinates – These are either given in degrees, minutes and seconds, or degrees only, or numerical. The latitude is given first, followed by the longitude. Miami, for example, is located at 25°47′16″N 80°13′27″W (degrees minutes and seconds north of the equator and west of the prime meridian) or 25.78778°N 80.22417°W.  Christchurch, New Zealand (below the equator) is at 43°31′48″S 172°37′13″E or 43.53°S, 172.620278°E. Some would use negative numbers for locations south of the equator and west of the prime meridian, for example, Miami would be 25.774266° -80.193659° and Christchurch would be -43.53°S, 172.620278. Where do you find coordinates in the first place? For years this information was included in an encyclopedia entry for a place or country. Nowadays you have Wikipedia or sites like
  2. Look up the latitude coordinate – If your place falls between latitude lines you may have to estimate whether to go towards the higher or lower latitude line); and
  3. Look up the longitude coordinate – You may also have to estimate where the coordinate is, if it falls between two longitude lines.
And then look up the place name on the globe. Tough luck if your globe doesn't have it.

Most of the time people don't bother with the numbers. To find a known place on the globe you need coordinates. But to discover places on a globe, people just look at its surface and do their own exploring and then they find the place, remember the shape (or color if there is) and general location of the country (up or down, east or west of a big ocean or continent). In general, people won't have problems locating that country again in the globe, even without coordinates – unless they have trouble remembering things.

For those hankering for nostalgia (late 60s to 70s), how many of you remember the old booklet on How We Use Maps and Globes? Globes and maps were simpler then.

In the Digital Age, discovering places on a globe has been made more interesting with children's globes that talk and give out helpful information about a place:
GeoSafari Talking Globe for children
GeoSafari Talking Globe

Intelliglobe Deluxe Interactive Globe

You may be delighted to know that, nowadays, it is possible for a globe to know too much:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Coronelli: Prince of Globe Makers

Probably one of the most famous map and globe makers in history is Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), Franciscan monk, tailor's son.

Coronelli showed his talent early, publishing his first work at the age of sixteen. Vincenzo Coronelli's talent covered both the arts and sciences. He was a superb illustrator as evidenced by this portrait he did for Wignacourt, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta in 1707:

Wignacourt, Grand Master of Malta 1707

Aside from being a talented artist, Coronelli was also an astronomer and mathematician (cartography and globe-making demands precise calculations) – he excelled in astronomy and Euclid.

Art and science meld in the making of terrestrial and celestial globes. After all, places in a terrestrial globe are expected to conform to their observed coordinates. And the constellations in a celestial globe should be where they are expected at any given time (barring any major shakeup in the heavens).

Coronelli's Masterpiece

Coronelli is best remembered for the pair of huge (12.6 feet across) terrestrial and celestial globes he made for Louis XIV in 1681 to 1683. These weighed about two tons each and could fit 30 men inside at one time (there are doors built into the globes).

To give you a feel for the beauty and scale of these globes, here is a picture of the two of them, exhibited at the Grand Palais.

Here they are in another exhibition:

Louis XIV globes by Vincenzo Coronelli
photo by Alain Téoulé
Note the framed hatches where people can enter the globe (the first ones brought lighted candles, I imagine).

One must go closer to fully appreciate their beauty:

Another detail of Corinelli's celestial globe for Louis XIV
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Louix XIV celestial globe by Coronelli (detail)

Both scientists and artists of the time must have turned green with envy.

If Coronelli made only these two globes, his fame would still have been assured (the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes, formed in 1952, is another tribute to his name). He was highly sought-after by the leading European princes of his time. But he made many more globes and maps alike (check out some of his maps at Swaen).

Here is a map of Africa, made around 1692:

And here's another celestial globe of his (at the Austrian National Library State Hall):

To give you an idea of the kind of work (excluding the illustration and coloring) that went into the making of these globes, here are two YouTube videos of a Coronelli globe (circa 1692) being rebuilt by Nicolangelo Scianna:

Of Coronelli himself, there are several portraits of him available on the web:

Vincenzo Coronelli portrait engraving 01

Vincenzo Coronelli portrait engraving 02

Vincenzo Coronelli portrait engraving 03

Vincenzo Coronelli portrait engraving 04

Vincenzo Coronelli portrait engraving 05

 In all the portraits available of him, a Puckish smile shines through. This must be a man of exuberant, even youthful, sense of humor. If they ever make a movie of him, I know just the right guy for the role:

Jack Black as a monk in Nacho Libre

Globes that raise your spirits

At Ultimate Globes, we also have globes worthy of the artistry and impish sense of humor evident in Coronelli: Bar Globes.
Tuscany Bar Globe (opened)
Tuscany Bar Globe
These are also Italian – classic terrestrial globe outside, celestial globe inside – holding a spirit surprise guaranteed to make you smile impishly like a Coronelli.

Cheers to the prince of globe makers!

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