Globes are most often three-dimensional models of the Earth. These types of models are also used to represent other celestial bodies such as the moon, sun, or other stars. The types of globes of the world that can be found on this website range from the simplest children's version to the most sophisticated, free-standing floor globe. Globes were being made as far back in history as 150 BCE, the oldest being made by Crates, a Greek scholar. Many other famous globes exist from all over the world. There is record of an old world globe being made in the 9th century by muslims. And, many other later classics were made around the 15th and 16th century, to include terrestrial and celestial globes from all parts of the world. In the modern world, globes are more often used for educational purposes in a classroom setting as well as for decorating an office or other public area.

The production style of today's globes can range from mass-produced to custom-made. Mass produced globes of the world usually consist of printed paper strips (gores) being placed vertically over a cardboard sphere and anchored by a small disc at the poles. On the other end of the spectrum, the finest, custom-made globes can be made out of just about any fine material with only the limit of the maker's imagination.

Here are some common globes of the world:

World Globes - World globes are available in a variety of styles to fit the needs and preferences of everyone on Earth. Classic, functional world globes areregular features of the modernclassroom to help students visualize the world, Old World floor globes add sophistication to your home library or family room, and small gemstone desk world globes symbolize the global scope of your corporate office.

Gemstone Globe - A gemstone globe is sure to be a piece you will treasure for years to come.Larger globes are crafted using hand-cut authentic semi-precious gemstones. If you are looking for a great desk accessory, look for a gemstone globe with a clock feature. These globes feature a gemstone sphere with a beautiful clock base. Gemstone globes are offered in a wide assortment of standard and ocean colors. Choose the combination that best suits your style or room decor. Gemstone globes make perfect corporate and personal gifts.

Educational Globe - Educational globes are specifically designed to make learning easy and fun for people of all ages. Many of these globes use coordinating colors to make political boundaries easy to distinguish for younger students, while still providing enough detail to enhance learning for older students. Educational globes with raised relief allow students to see and feel the elevation changes in the land. These globes also use textured contours to depict the mountain ranges of the world.In addition, you canlight up a classroom with an illuminated educational globe. Some of these globes feature a "two-way map." These maps show physical borders when unlit and political boundaries when illuminated. For the younger set, you can make learning fun with an interactive educational globe. These talking globes have numerous games and features to help children have a hands-on experience while learning more about the world.

Celestial Globe - These unique globes chart themajor constellations in the night sky to make identifying them easier. Celestial globes usually have a broad horizontal band called the horizon that can be adjusted to match the viewer's current latitude. This allows the user to time the rising, setting, and culmination (highest point) of the stars. Celestial globes often show what looks like the mirror images of the constellations. We are used to seeing the stars from the surface of Earth, but celestial globes depict the stars as if we were looking at Earth from space. Internally illuminated or translucent globes are ideal for celestial globes. This type of construction allows you to look through the globe to view the constellations as we are used to seeing them. Constellation globes usually do not include the sun, moon, or other planets in our solar system that are closer to Earth than the other stars. The positions of these bodies vary in relation to those of the stars and would be confusing if present. However, the ecliptic, along which the sun moves, is usually indicated for reference. Celestial globes can help a student understand the movement of Earth throughout its yearly lap around the sun. The movement of constellations through the sky provides a great reference point for understanding the interaction of Earth's tilt with its elliptical orbit. Kids will also enjoy investigating how the sky looks to children in other parts of the world. For a truly all-in-one reference tool, choose a combination Earth/celestial globe. By day this globe depicts the traditional surface of Earth, and at night the globe illuminates to display the celestial sky. A multifunctional globe like thisis perfect for your inquisitive child.