For many people, diamonds are amongst their most valuable assets. Whether part of an heirloom piece of jewelry, or held in a safety deposit box, diamonds are treasures. But like any valuable asset, such as a rare car or real estate, diamonds must be properly maintained in order for them to remain beautiful, and to keep their value. Failure to preserve your diamonds in the best possible condition could ultimately cause your diamond jewelry to depreciate over time. Let's take a look at some of the most important tips for keeping your jewelry looking its best over all the years that you choose to enjoy it.

 1. Handle your diamonds sparingly

Although diamonds can be captivating to look at, if you handle them too frequently, grease from your fingers, makeup, and countless other household and environmental chemicals that you come in contact with every day will transfer onto them. These chemicals and oils not only make your diamonds look and feel dirty, but many are corrosive, and over time can damage the diamond, as well as the metals that hold them in place. You should keep your diamond jewelry safely hidden away, with proper storage, and keep the handling to a minimum. Avoid exposing your diamonds to household chemicals like sunscreen, shampoo, soap, and hair products.

2. Be gentle with them

Although diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth, diamonds are not immune to small chips and cracks, which can ruin the stone. Diamond jewelry should never be worn at the gym or while playing any kind of a sport. You should take your precious jewelry off if you're doing housework, or any activity that could lead to bumps on furniture or other scratches. Remember, too, that diamonds can damage other materials that they come in contact with around the house or office.

3. Avoid pools and the sea

While most people wouldn't think twice about wearing their jewelry in the pool, the harsh chlorine and bromine in most swimming pools can damage diamonds, as well as metals and other jewels. Also, if a diamond were to be lost in the pool, it could be very difficult to find. In the ocean, the wave action is more than enough to pull a piece of jewelry from your body, never to be found again. Contact with sand can also scratch the metal, and greatly increases the risk of the stones getting dislodged.

4. Put your makeup on first

Makeup can damage jewelry, but few people take the correct precautions to prevent this. Putting your makeup on before you put on your jewelry can help to avoid transferring chemicals to your precious pieces, and enhance their beauty and sparkle for your evening on the town.

5. Store them away from your other jewelry

Diamonds are, of course, very hard, and will scratch anything else that comes in contact with them. Diamond jewelry should never be left loose with other pieces. Consider a separate jewelry box, or one with multiple storage drawers. Take care to keep each piece in its own individual compartment. Individual felt jewelry bags are a great choice as well, especially if space is tight.