‘The Premier Rose’ forms part of the ‘Famous Diamonds’ series of ‘Fact’ paintings. Exhibited as part of ‘End of an Era’ at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in 2010, the works are intended as catalogue of the world’s most illustrious jewels. The series is about illusion and reality. Hirst explains: “The paintings are big and garish, while real diamonds are small and beautiful.”
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Epiphany: A Conversation with Damien Hirst’, Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘End of an Era’ (Other Criteria/Gagosian Gallery, 2012), unpag.