Marketing copy on the Staples website listing for the silver metallic Sharpies reads (bold mine for emphasis):
Achieve beautiful writing with a metallic sheen when you use Sharpie® Metallic Permanent Markers in silver. The mess-free metallic markers don't require shaking or pumping, since the free-flowing, permanent ink already resides in the fine-point tip. Make sure to store the silver Sharpie® markers tip-down when not in use. Each pack includes 36 metallic pens.
As John stated in his answer, it's a matter of the pigment particles being heavier than the suspension medium. If you store the pens tip up, then the first thing to run into the tip will be suspension medium. Store them tip down, and the pigment will be closest to the point.