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How Duchess Kate "Recycled" the Emerald Jewels She Wore to the BAFTAs

The gorgeous necklace, bracelet, and earrings might look familiar.

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her envy-inducing jewelry box. But the latest gorgeous gems the royal wore to the BAFTA Awards are actually a recycled and revamped version of an emerald jewelry set we've seen before.

Duchess Kate stepped out at the awards show with Prince William wearing a green gown by Jenny Packham and an emerald jewelry set consisting of a necklace, a bracelet, and a pair of stud earrings:

Interestingly enough, the bracelet and another version of the earrings have been seen on the Duchess before. Back in December 2014, Kate wore the convertible emerald earrings with the same bracelet to a dinner honoring the 600th anniversary of St. Andrews at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. On that night, the earrings were fashioned as drop earrings with the emerald at the bottom.

Duchess Kate wearing the emerald bracelet and earrings in December 2014.

The BAFTAs marked the first time Kate debuted the matching emerald necklace. The maker of the jewelry set is unknown, but the emerald and diamond jewelry is believed to have been a wedding present to the Duchess, AOL reports.

While the Duchess didn't wear black to the BAFTAs in support of the #TimesUp movement, her green gown and emerald jewelry were seen by many as a subtle nod to her support of women's rights. As W Magazine notes, many actresses accessorized with emerald jewelry at the Golden Globes amid the all-black dress code because green was often used to represent the British suffragette movement. In the early 1900s, green reportedly stood for hope as the suffragette movement gained traction across the United Kingdom, the Telegraph reports.

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