Where a terrestrial globe such as Replogle Globes for example will represent our Earth in three dimensions, a celestial globe will show us the stars, the constellations, and the different objects of the galaxy. A small-scale reproduction of our night sky, perfect for learning about astronomy or perfecting its decoration. Some luminous and interactive terrestrial globes now offer this dual function.
With a constantly changing world, many cities and towns have changed names throughout history. If your terrestrial globe is destined to become a reference, it must reflect all recent changes accurately and include as much detail as possible. Globes of around thirty centimeters in diameter will already accommodate several thousand places, geopolitical limits, names of mountains, and other geographical markers.
Relatively light and easy to transport, for the most part, terrestrial globes or Floor Globes vary widely in size and weight, in particular, because of the materials used. This will also affect the final price. You will choose yours considering the space you plan to reserve for it. If it is too small, your globe may get lost in the background and not provide the level of information you want. Too big, and it could well clutter the room, especially since the larger collectible models usually have a wide wooden ring which will further increase the space required. Much heavier, the terrestrial globes of this type are also more difficult to turn and therefore intended for ornamentation. Generally, count 30 cm in diameter for a standard desktop globe and a minimum of forty for a standing globe. Other decorative models, around 15 cm in diameter, will easily find their place on a shelf or in a bookcase.
Beyond the size, the solid colors of a globe will be the other essential aspect that will first catch the eye. And here, all variations are allowed. There are those, more classic, whose countries of all colors will contrast light blue oceans. Perfect for clearly distinguishing borders. Others, more basic, have opted for the same color reserved for each continent.
Still others, like old paper maps, have a monochrome look or vintage-style shading, reinforced depending on the model by a certain relief allowing you to discover the world’s mountain ranges at your fingertips. The most modern versions will incorporate less conventional shades such as silver, black, copper, and even transparent. Sometimes it will all be a compromise between the features you want and the space you have. A decorative terrestrial globe will try to best adapt to the atmosphere of an interior!
Finally, it is the budget you have that will determine the globe for which you will opt. Most will oscillate between 30€ and 50€ for example, knowing that you will have to pay a minimum of fifty euros to begin to increase in quality and that prices will generally soar when reaching the very high end. The price of materials, no doubt, but that won’t prevent you from finding what you’re looking for among much more accessible models!