Feeling the strain of statement-jewel overload? It can happen when trends dictate a constant barrage of loud, compliment-grabbing accessories on every arm, ear, and finger of all nearby fashion followers. The hype of statement pieces can be avoided, though, when one simply seeks out understated jewels — the baubles of everyday life. It's important to note that this trade off, however brief it may be, doesn't have to be boring. Off-kilter details are even more fun in small form, like tiny bangles (a la Alexander McQueen) and animal-shaped stud earrings (by Karen Walker.) Small, spunky jewels are perfect for wearing everyday, or stacking with other like-minded pieces for a look that's just toeing the line of statement.