Spican flame gems

Spican flame gems

A Spican flame gem was a low value gemstone.

In 2268, Cyrano Jones failed in an attempt to sell flame gems, along with Antarean glow water, to a bartender on Deep Space K-7. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles", DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

Jones would later attempt to sell some of the same flame gems to Captain Kirk in 2269 with similar results. (TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles")

According to Star Trek: Star Charts ("United Federation of Planets I", "United Federation of Planets II") and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), there was a planet named Spica in the star system Spica (Alpha Virginis), which might possibly be the system of origin for this gemstone, in the Beta Quadrant. The system's primary was a B-class star. In 2378, Spica was listed as a Federation member.

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