I'm usually no good at all at being subtle (I'm an Aries - I can't help it). I do think I might have managed it in my last few pieces, though.
This is the same watch as in my banner. It looks very neutral but if you look closer, it has lots of soft color. The cord is the softest shade of oyster and the beads are gray and black diamond with finishes ranging from matte to iris. I love how the big square knot in the center of the diamond should be all wrong with the rest of the intricate fussy, elements but somehow works.
I also made a couple of pairs of earrings to match - might as well while you have the beads out, you know:
See all the color in there? Blues and minty green and purple?
I may have achieved some subtlety with these, but they're not boring. Neutral with a twist. Elegant, but not stuffy. I like it.