There’s a lot to be said for diamonds. They’re stunning, hard wearing, timeless, classic, and will give anyone an instant boost. But are they really forever? Here are a few tips on how to maintain your diamond jewellery to keep it at its best.

• Store it safely. Many people have an all-in-one trinket box where their pieces are simply thrown in together. While this is often the most convenient way of doing things it isn’t always the right way, because if you let your items scratch against one another they’ll soon become damaged. If you must keep them in one box then make sure it’s lined with soft materials, and preferably wrap each piece in tissue paper to keep it safe.

• Don’t expose it to harsh chemicals. It’s often recommended that you spritz on your perfume or hairspray before you put on your jewels, as although diamonds are resistant to most things the gold or silver settings won’t be. If you don’t want your pieces to become tarnished or past their best, always endeavour to keep them away from chemicals.

• Clean it when necessary. Diamond jewellery should be able to last for a long time without becoming too unclean, but tarnishing of the metal is always a danger. To keep your pieces looking pristine gently buff them up with a cloth from time to time, including the diamond settings, or for more thorough cleaning soak them in a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid before cleaning and thoroughly drying.

These are just a few ways you can maintain your diamond jewellery, and if you spend the time to take care of it you can enjoy your pieces for years to come.