Stephane Humbert Lucas Black Gemstone was released in 2013. Created by Stephane Humbert Lucas, a tribute to the sacred cornerstone at the center of the Grand Mosque of Mecca. It is a dark, sensual fragrance with notes of cedar, lemon, resins, myrrh, teak wood, olibanum and tonka bean. Stephane Humbert Lucas Black Gemstone is an edp, eau de parfum.
From the brand - ".The Black Stone of Mecca is purported to have fallen directly from Heaven, and the ingredients of Black Gemstone are clearly intended to come as close to otherworldly as possible. Pristinely tart Italian lemon, rich Olibanum-derived incense and three hand-selected types of cedar are but a few of the treasured components, but the true centerpiece is an extraordinary myrrh, painstakingly distilled down into a resinous tar that, like the Black Stone itself, projects a presence that far exceeds its size. And like a true religious experience, Black Gemstone follows no linear path- from moment to the moment, the tartness of the lemon, smokiness of the incense and balsamic sweetness of the myrrh dance around one another with an unpredictability that promises to make each individual encounter profoundly unique."
Kafkaesque - "Love at first sniff. Black Gemstone is an opulently ambered, spicy, woody-incense fragrance from Stéphane Humbert Lucas that caught my attention from the very first time I tried it. Mysterious woods, black frankincense and tart lemons curds, thick velvet and sticky amber — those disparate images are only one part of the complex tale created by one of the chic-est, most polished, most intriguing orientals that I’ve tried in a while." (read the whole review, it is very detailed and excellent)
Fragrantica - "If I could only use two words to describe Black Gemstone SPIRITUAL and CALMING would be those words. This scent is a huge experience to my soul and my inner peace - even if peace in there is rare though."
Fragrantica - "Executed to literal perfection . Dry down is other worldly."
Fragrantica - "I had to chuckle - I get a top note of marmite. Yes…salty black marmite. No citrus. It morphs into a nebulous back rubber and comes out the other side a salty Dutch Licorice scent with a light dusting of smoke and a whisper of warm bike inner tube. No sweetness at all. Very interesting and odd. Not sure what I expected but this wasn’t quite this ?. Not awful just very quirky (and I love Dutch licorice)."
Fragrantica - "This is such an incredible and unique scent. It is stunningly dark, rich, mysterious, and powerful. The wood and myrrh notes are those of cedar that is blackened to just short of being burnt, while the myrrh gives a feel of a thick, syrupy, balsamic richness. The lemon note serves to offer just enough balance to keep this fragrance from entering a proverbial black hole; it is realistic and tart. The only thing I can think of that I can compare this to is Black Afghano, and that is only in feeling that wearing the scent gives. While both are dark, the profiles are very different though I think you can wear Black Gemstone in the same situations as Afghano, namely winter months when you are trying to get attention and wish to be noticed."