Getting a coordinated necklace, bracelet or ring for your beloved ones or yourself with the wrong coordinate of your preferred place (means that the location is wrong as well) is like getting a misspelled tattoo. Both make for an awkward experience that takes time and money to correct. To help you avoid this akward experience, 9charm.com will you how to find GPS coordinates of a place in this article.
How To Find GPS Coordinates Of A Place For Your Jewelry
Personalised rings with coordinates
HOW TO FIND COORDINATES FROM AN ADDRESS/SEARCH FOR AN ADDRESS USING COORDINATES?
If you are short on time, and just need to look up the coordinates quickly, this is the best guideline you should read. However, if you have more time, reading other sections to understand the different formats of coordinates to know which one should be chosen for your jewelry is strongly recommended.
The easiest and most accurate coordinates finder to get the coordinates of a location or search for a place using its latitude and longitude coordinates is Google Maps.
a. Get the coordinates of a place:
To get coordinates in numbers-only DS format:
- Open Google Maps.
- Right-click the place or area on the map.
- Select “What’s here?”
- The coordinates in numbers-only DS format will be appeared at the bottom of the screen.
To get coordinates in DMS with letters format:
- Follow all the steps above
- Paste the DD coordinates into the top left box on the same Google Maps screen.
- Press “Enter”
- The coordinates in DMS with letters format will be appeared on the left of the screen.
Just need to send the address or GPS coordinates in any format and we will help you convert it to the best suitable GPS format for your jewelry.
b. Find a place using coordinates:
This is a useful tip to check if the coordinates mark the place you want.
- Open Google Maps.
- Type your coordinates on the search box at the top. It accepts any coordinates format:
- Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS)
- Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM)
- Decimal degrees (DD)
- A pin will be shown at the place corresponding to the coordinates.
WHAT ARE GPS COORDINATES?
GPS coordinates are two sets of numbers (one is the latitude marking the horizontal position and the other is the longitude, marking the vertical position) that help specify the unique position of any address point on the globe.
Note that the address has to be a point on the map to have GPS coordinates so a large area like a district, a city, a state or a country could not be pinpointed using coordinates.
E.g, the Golden Gate Bridge’s GPS location can be precisely marked as 37.8199°N (latitude) 122.4783°W (longitude)
However, the entire city of New York cannot be pinpointed to one set of GPS coordinates.
WHAT ARE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE?
Latitude shows the horizontal position of a place relative to the Equator that divides the globe into Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It is considered the 0° latitude.
Moving north or south of the Equator, the value of latitude increases from 0° to 90°. Any place North of the equator is denoted with letter N. South of the equator, letter S.
For example, the latitude of Golden Bridge is 37.8199°N, meaning it is 37.8199 degrees north of the equator.
Similarly, longitude shows the vertical position of a place relative to the Prime Meridian that divides the globe into the Eastern and Western hemisphere. It is considered the 0° longitude.
Moving east or west of the Prime Meridian, the value of longitude increases from 0° to 180°. Any place east of this line is denoted with letter E. West, letter W.
E.g, the longitude of Golden Bridge is 122.4783°W, meaning it is 122.4783 degrees west of the Prime Meridian.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON GPS COORDINATES FORMATS?
GPS coordinates formats will depends on how you divide a degree and how you denote direction.
a. Degree division
The degree of latitude and longitude need to be further divided to precisely pinpoint a location. There are 3 ways to divide a degree,
Let’s take Golden Bridge coordinates as an example:
- Decimal Degrees (DD)
The GPS coordinates are written as decimals of degree: 37.8199°N, 122.4783°W
Our Slim Coordinates Bangle uses this format as seen below.
- Degrees and Decimal Minutes (DDM)
The degree is seperated into minutes, where 1 degree = 60 minutes. Minutes are divided into decimals: 37°49.196’N, 122°28.696’W
- Degrees, Minutes and Seconds (DMS)
The degree is seperated into minutes and seconds. 1 degree = 60 minutes, and 1 minute = 60 seconds. Seconds are further divided into decimals: 37°49’11.8″N, 122°28’41.8″W
Our Skinny Drop Bar Coordinates Necklace uses this format as seen below:
b. N/S E/W or -?
Sometimes, Golden Bridge coordinates also could be written in a numbers-only format: 37.8199°, -122.4783°.
N/S E/W is the direction sign instead of letters. You either use letters N/S E/W or -, but not both together.
Here’s a simple table showing you how to convert:
|Latitude||‘No – sign’: same as N||‘With – sign’: same as S|
|Longitude||‘No – sign’: same as E||‘With – sign’: same as W|
WHICH GPS COORDINATES FORMAT COULD BE USED FOR LONGITUDE LATITUDE JEWELRY?
No matter whichever format you use, they should all mark the same address, and are easily converted to each other.
Just make sure you recognize that there are differences. Do not enter one format on a website/converter that uses another, e.g. check a DMS coordinate on a DD website. Rounding up a minute or degree decimal is not recommended as it could bring you to a different city or state!
To choose the best format, you need to consider how the format looks on your jewelry or gift. DMS coordinates are the most popular due to its beautiful and balanced mix of letters, signs & numbers (check our best-seller Slim Coordinates Cuff). However, if small jewelry such as Vertical Bar Coordinates Necklace, DD format is the best as it’s the shortest.
At 9charm, any format could be converted to suit your jewelry best. If you are not sure how to have the coordinate format, just give us your address – we will convert to GPS coordinates for you.
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