Versace Yellow Diamond ~ new perfume

Versace Yellow Diamond

Versace will launch Yellow Diamond, a new floral fragrance for women in the same series as Versace Crystal Noir (2004) and Versace Bright Crystal (2005). Yellow Diamond is reportedly transparent and sensual, and will be fronted by model Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Pure as sunlight, an extraordinary bright hue that radiates with a fiery intensity, sparkling the way that only a diamond can.

Yellow Diamond features notes of citron, pear sorbet, bergamot, neroli, orange blossom, freesia, mimosa, nymphea, amber, palo santo wood and musk.

Versace Yellow Diamond will be available in 50 and 90 ml Eau de Toilette. (via damnrightmedia,

Update: Yellow Diamond was developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas. It will not launch in the US until 2012. (via wwd)

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  1. mayk says:

    I find the transparent yellow so unappealing.

    • LaMaroc says:

      Unappealing as in bottled urine? lol That’s kinda the vibe I’m getting. 8/

      • Emily says:

        Yeah, my immediate reaction was that it looked like a very fancy specimen cup.

      • NinaraPoll says:

        I had that reaction also. A specimin cup with a huge doodad on top that’ll topple it. :P

      • eminere says:

        I thought urine too, LaMaroc. A very unappealing shade of yellow.

    • Robin says:

      I don’t mind it, but have not liked this series so far.

  2. peter says:

    What happened to Vanitas…did it ever arrive to the U.S.?

    • breathesgelatin says:

      It’s at Nordstrom’s but I haven’t seen it anywhere else as yet.

    • Robin says:

      I think it’s just getting here.

    • thenoseknows says:

      Been Around for Months here in Michigan at Saks, Neimans and Nords…. It’s SUBLIME! It really, REALLY Is! I didn’t have ANY Expectation of it being good, even after Versace Signature and Versense were really AWESOME, but The Versace scents are ALWAYS so hit or miss I didn’t have my hopes up… It Surpassed my imaginings and is a Must Buy soon for my Mother… A really Fresh, Warm, Sophisticated Floral! I might be going to Saks tomorrow i can perhaps score a Sample or so and send it to you!

      • Robin says:

        Good to know — figures that it’s at Saks!

  3. Anne from Makeupwoot says:

    The thing that kills me about the “gem” collection from Versace is the crazy gi-normous caps that practically topple the bottle. Kind of like how the flower caps on Daisy and the Lolas make me want to scream.

    • Robin says:

      I don’t like them either, but the 2 Crystal ones seem to be very popular.

  4. breathesgelatin says:

    Pear seems to be really ‘hot’ as a note right now. Or is it just me?

    • AmyT says:

      Pear is one of those notes that never, ever smells good on me. I don’t even particularly like eating pears.

    • Robin says:

      Yes, it does — for the last couple years or so.

    • Merlin says:

      Lets face it though – compared to Jasmine such notes as oud and pink pepper (let alone pear) are not THAT ubiquitous. Jasmine’s just been a staple for so long that it is not even noticed! And I’m sure there are other notes like that too, such staples of perfumery that no-one even notices them!

      • Merlin says:

        Sorry to be so exclamatory – its a habit I’m trying to quit! I mean.

      • 50_Roses says:

        Jasmine is extremely widely used. I had read somewhere years ago that over 95% of feminine fragrances contain jasmine, and that about 90% of all fragrances (masculine or feminine) contain musk. Rose, orange blossom, and bergamot are undoubtedly also present in a large percentage of perfumes.

        Familiarity may play a part, but I think much of the issue with notes such as pear or oud is that they are such distinctive, noticeable notes, and they are difficult to hide in a composition; they tend to stick out and don’t blend well into the background. They just don’t play well with others, always insisting on being the one in charge. A fragrance containing oud will tend to smell like oud, so if you dislike the smell of oud, you are unlikely to like a perfume containing oud. On the other hand, fragrance containing jasmine will not necessarily smell obviously like jasmine. I have to say, I don’t really like strong jasmine scents, and I find the smell of jasmine by itself rather cloying. I cannot wear Joy, it gives me a headache. I do, however, own many scents (no. 5, for example) that contain jasmine, and they work just find on me.

        • Merlin says:

          Although in their defense: I guess some notes describe the character of a perfume better? i.e. tell me a frag has jasmine in it, and I still dont have much of an idea of how it smells, but add pear and I have an inkling of an idea. So there are the choristers and the soloists? Though some choristers do well as soloists too…

          • 50_Roses says:

            That’s a very good analogy. It’s true, some singers make great soloists, but are not good choral singers because they can’t turn off that solo voice and blend in. They stand out from the rest of the choir, even when you don’t want them to. I think it’s the same with perfume notes. Some of them just don’t have a choral or ensemble voice.

        • Robin says:

          But don’t think that means that 95% have REAL jasmine. That probably includes notes like hedione, right?

          But would have thought that more than 90% have musk.

          • Merlin says:

            And almost none have ‘real’ musk!

          • Robin says:

            Merlin, quite so…fragrances with real musk are probably less than 1%.

          • 50_Roses says:

            I imagine they meant a jasmine note, which could be real or synthetic. The info was old, too–probably from the late 80’s or early 90’s. With the current trends in perfume, probably the percentage with jasmine is lower and the percentage with musk is higher. Everything seems to have “musk”, “white musk”, “clean musk”, or “skin musk” in it these days. I do have a copy of the H&R Fragrance Guide from 1987, and glancing through it, it appeared that nearly all of the feminine perfumes had jasmine as a note.

        • Robin says:

          Makes sense, thanks 50_Roses!

  5. maggiecat says:

    The notes don’t sound bad at all, and the bottle is pretty, I think. But nothing so far int his line has appealed to me (and Bright Crystal inspired a Get.It.Off.Of.Me reponse almost immediately). So I’m not holding out too much hope, but I’ll sniff it when I see it.

  6. Emily says:

    I was mildly pleased to discover via Google that “palo santo wood” is in fact a real material, but other than that, meh.

    • KateReed says:

      Kind of sounds like something you’d build a pricey, scented gazebo out of, doesn’t it?

  7. Valentine says:

    Not interested in the scent, but I LOVE Abbey Lee. Looking forward to the print ads. :)

  8. debbie says:

    I see the colour as a lime green rather than urine yellow-that could be a hemisphere trait but I do hope you northerners dont have lime urine- :-)

    • Merlin says:

      Gosh:o Going to go check…

  9. thenoseknows says:

    Crystal Noir is Good Juice, Sexy, Ambery, Sultry… Good, Not GREAT Juice, Bright Crystal Just STINKS! TOO Sweet, Too Thin, Too Linear, TOO UCK! never have been a fan, would rather have an Overdose of MDC! so, with that in mind have NO idea how this one may fall… could be good, Could be DRECK-I-TUDE! and BTW…. LOATHE Those Bottles! HIDEOUS AND GAUDY!

  10. Daisy says:

    the juice appears limey-yellow to me so it doesn’t make me think of urine —I’ve seen stones that color and that seems what they are going for so they’ve done okay there.
    The bottle is fine.
    The cap is obnoxious.
    Don’t do well with pear, but the other notes are okay…if a little ho-hum. For some reason Versace (anything) has not captured my interest. so, um…yeah…..NEXT!

  11. vperry says:

    I agree with thenoseknows.
    I would never have bought this but was given it as a present.
    First sniff was unimpressive – but each wearing makes it more & more of a favorite for me. The pear is only slightly discernible makes makes that important difference.

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