Vulcan IDIC Prop Replica
- 1:1 Scale Replica
- Handcrafted in the USA
- Precious metals and jewelry-grade components
- Designed in collaboration with the fan prop community
"Mankind will reach maturity on the day it learns to value diversity—of life and ideas. To be different is not necessarily to be ugly; to have a different idea is not necessarily to be wrong. The worst thing that could happen is for all of us to look and think and act alike. For if we cannot learn to value the small variations among our own kind here on earth, then God help us when we get out into space and meet the variations that are almost certainly out there."
— Gene Roddenberry
The IDIC, conceived of by Gene Roddenberry to represent the precept of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, is not just a symbol for the cornerstone of Vulcan philosophy; it also represents the philosophy of Star Trek itself. We are thus proud to commemorate the legacy of Star Trek in its 50th year with this intensely accurate reproduction of the IDIC first worn by Spock in the Original Series episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?.”
This recreation, painstakingly handmade by a traditional jewelry atelier in New England, is the result of a collaboration between Roddenberry Entertainment and a community of Star Trek prop replica enthusiasts, who worked together to ensure that this is the most faithful replica ever produced. Access to original dress uniform braiding and Bill Theiss insignia patterns was obtained and used in concert with sophisticated digital modeling software to ensure that the sizing and shape contours were a perfect recreation of the original. Evoking Star Trek's simultaneous long history and vision towards the future, futuristic fabrication methods such as high-resolution 3D printing and laser micro-welding were combined with ages-old traditional hand florentine finishing techniques to yield a model with the correct contours and texture.
Both parts of the IDIC are first cast in jewelry-grade bronze. Multiple heavy plating and hand finishing steps are then used to ensure a mirror finish on the circle (in 18k gold) and a rough matte finish on the pyramid (in rhodium, one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals). The resulting textural, shape, and material contrast manifests the core philosophical metaphor of the piece, just as the use of a lab-synthesized gem reflects the scientific orientation both of the Spock character and of Star Trek itself. Both of these details were originally specified by Gene himself in designing the IDIC, as described in Inside Star Trek (July 1968).
The pin is approximately 2.5" in diameter, and the rear includes both a large pin (for wearing as Spock does in the formal dinner scene) and bails for fastening an optional matching 18k gold-plated chain (for wearing as a necklace as Spock does in the final scene of the episode). The optional chain is adjustable from 26" to 30" in length.
It is a sparkling homage to Gene's bright vision of the future.
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