Wearing silver will keep it looking nice, as once silver is put in a drawer, or in hot pools, it starts to oxidize/tarnish. To remove any tarnish use a silver cloth or silver dip. All your jewellery can also have a good general clean in warm soapy water and scrubbed with a soft tooth brush. You may even want to bring it in to us, or to your local reputable jeweller, for a sonic and buff every now and then to keep it looking really nice.
You will find examples of jewellery made of pure metals like platinum and palladium, but pure gold is soft and isn't practical for daily wear. Other metals are mixed with gold to make it more durable (and to lower its cost). For example, palladium or nickel can be added to pure gold to create white gold; adding copper produces a rose or pink tint; while silver gives gold a greenish tint. Even though gold will be in different carats it is still classed as solid gold.
A high carat like 18ct would be our recommendation, as it will last the longest and wear the best. The lower carats will still last a long time but are likely to show wear a bit faster. Platinum and Palladium are also great options as they are strong long-lasting metals, whereas silver is not recommended for wedding jewellery.
We use a wide range of metals, including platinum, palladium, pure silver, sterling silver and gold (22ct, 18ct, 14ct & 9ct - yellow, white & red/rose).