During the awards season that has just ended—the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the DGA Awards, the SAG Awards, the People’s Choice Awards (is there no limit to the statuette season?)—we were treated to one red carpet gala after another and invariably every interviewer wanted to know about the dresses and the jewelry. And oh, those jewels! Some of the bling was so heady, you could have used sunglasses for TV-viewing. But not all bijoux erupted with fireworks. Subtle gems can speak volumes, and often do: The just-right platinum-and-gem collar around the neck against a black sheath; a show-stopping tower of golden bangles to bring the eye downward; a statement brooch that glows delicately and draws you to it like a beacon. Refined and restrained jewels whisper something about the wearer, her self-assurance, and her sense of grace and style. Here are some exquisite selections for your own red carpet events.