You may have noticed when surfing the Columbus world globe collection that some spheres are made from plastic and others from glass. Along with size, type of base, type of globe (desktop or floor), type of maps and price, it is one of the main choices to make when finding the right product. While Columbus remains the only globe manufacturer that hand blows glass world globes, there are differences and advantages to both styles. See below for help in deciding what is right for you.
Glass world globes remain Columbus' signature design. As previously mentioned, they remain the only company still making globes by hand this way and have been doing so for over a century. Glass globes allow for more brilliant illumination and clearer cartography. They also exhibit artisinal beauty. They are priced higher than acrylic globes, as they are of a higher quality across the board. That being said, they are not the best idea for a home if you have young kids or animals running around.
Priced more affordably than their glass brethren, acrylic manufactured spheres are more common in the general world globe market. These are dependable and sturdy, child proof and less fragile. If you have any questions about the difference between these two globe types feel free to get in touch with us.