Contemporary silver has never been more exciting. The legacy of sound arts and crafts values married with a sophisticated designer culture provide gifts for christenings, weddings, anniversaries that are practical, beautiful, modern and a joy to give. The antique/modern divide no longer exists and quality is palpable. "Distess purchases" for these occasions can be a delight instead!
The only trick is to know where to look. Organisations such as the Goldsmiths Company show such an astonishing range of UK expertise, it is then just a matter of choice.