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Globe Makers

  • 2 Luxurious Must-See New Swarovski Globes

    New Globes

    swaroskieditedWe are gearing up to unveil a whole line of brand new models this year at Columbus Globes. However, before we do that, we wanted to highlight the two newest globes in our collection that you may have missed, as they became available during the hectic holiday season. Last year, Columbus teamed up with the luxury jeweler Swarovski to create two unforgettable world globes. These extravagant desktop globes feature Zirconia stones on their surface that come alive with light, adding to the lavish beauty of the already extraordinary Columbus world globes. Using both the blue ocean Rothenburg and the antique ocean Vienna models as inspirations, these new globes feature the best of what both Columbus and Swarovski have to offer. Enjoy both of these globes when they are blending in with the timeless décor of your home or office, and as night falls, switch on the internal light bulb, and watch as your family and guests are mesmerized with the illuminated beauty of these unforgettable globes. Without further ado, here are the fruits of the memorable collaboration between two titans of luxury products, Columbus and Swarovski.

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  • More Innovative Globe Makers from History

    Johannes Schöner

    shoner_globeJohannes Schöner was a German globe maker. In addition to his geographic achievements, he was a also priest, astronomer, cosmographer, cartographer and mathematician, amongst other talents. While in Bamberg in the 16th century, he started publishing maps and globes while working as a professor of math. His first globe was a celestial globe, in the early 1500's. He made a series of printed globes that were highly influential, and remain amongst the first in history to include America, along with Antarctica. However, in his early globes, America was depicted as part of Asia. In accompanying writings he said of the New World, “the Genoese Columbus and Americo Vespucci reaching only the coastal parts of those lands from Spain across the Western Ocean, considered them to be an island which they called America.”


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  • 4 of the Most Important Globe Makers in History

    4. James Wilson

    wilson celestial globeJames Wilson brought globe making to the Americas. He was the first globe maker in the United States. At the end of the 18th century, Wilson taught himself cartography after buying an encyclopedia. He got his start making maps for children. However, after seeing Dartmouth College's collection of European globes, he started making his own spherical models. He mastering copper engraving from studying under an expert and opened America's first globe factory in 1813 . There, Wilson and made his first production globe, which he sold for $50. His models turned out to be very commercially successful, and he started expanding his line to include celestial and terrestrial globes. Making products from papier-mâché, Wilson was able to sell his globes for an affordable price, opening up the market to both homes and schools. Wilson globes remain highly sought after, and many have survived history to live on to this day.


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