I don't have a great knowledge about silver stuff. What silver (-plate, most likely) I got for wedding presents, I eventually got rid of. And now, of course, I wish I had them gleaming in my china cabinet. I've always admired my mother's little salt and pepper shakers. And I've wondered why one top was glass and the other silver. Since I'm silver-clueless, I asked her the other day.
"Oh," she answered very matter-of-factly, "Don't you know that salt tarnishes silver?"
As long as my dear mother lives, there will always be something I can learn from her.