Diamonds walk a fine line between being classic, classy and cliche – particularly in a day and age when people worry about whether a ring, earring or other piece of diamond jewelry is a conflict-free and otherwise reasonable thing to buy.

Stephanie Maslow has thus timed her Modern Rock collection well to tap into a market where consumers fret about being cheap on the one hand (perhaps that one with the engagement or wedding band?) and too self-indulgent on the other. Sterling silver takes the place of the traditional diamond solitaire, maintaining the same traditional physical form in a unique and unusual material: metal.

Unlike conventional kitsch materials such as plastic or glass, there is no true attempt to mimic the original diamond in terms of reflectiveness, transparency or other visual features with which we are familiar. Instead, these faux-jeweled pieces are works of industrial design that celebrate their alternative materiality.

So these ear studs, pendants and even wedding-and-engagement-style rings have the same sizes, cuts, facets and could serve the same function as other real-diamond jewelry … but whether a spouse would accept them as a replacement for typical and truly-precious metal jewels is, however, another matter entirely.