Geology + Cartography = Gemstone Globe

January 14, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Reviews 1,372 views

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Gemstone GlobeMy parents gave us a globe as a first anniversary present last year. When Marga was opening it, I said, “What in the world is that?”, and my father replied, “How’d you guess it so quick?” It’s really a pretty cool object. I can’t even begin to imagine how something like this would be manufactured. It’s a perfect sphere representing the Earth, and each country is a different gemstone. While technically you could make a map with only four colors, this globe has twenty-five different kinds of rock.
Gemstone Globe

On this first photo, I used the Tinkerbell Lighting technique I used for this elephant. You can see the reflection of the light moving around.

Gemstone Globe

Then I tried with two stationary point sources, which cast cool shadows around the room.

Gemstone Globe

But finally I decided to just use the built-in flash.

Gemstone Globe


Gemstone Globe

Spain in focus.

Gemstone Globe

Here’s the legend that came with it.

My best guess is that I have the Contempo model. The same company makes lots of other models.

It kind of brings a new meaning to the phrase “Rock my world.”

This post was promised to Jane a couple weeks ago.

  • You know I love this.

  • WOW!
    That’s absolutely gorgeous! Now I know what to get my parents for their 40th anniversary. (They met in geology club at university.)
    The 4″ globes are relatively affordable, considering.

    Thank you so much for posting photos of this marvelous creation. It’s nice to have non-marketing photos of something like this.

  • I’m glad you like the globe, Erik. It was your father’s idea. The link you included above must be to the actual manufacturer. We got your 3″ model, which I think is very nice, from It was – cover your eyes Erik – $49. Your folks will never know you didn’t spend $150+ on them, Ray.