Knox Museum will host a jewelry trunk show featuring Sissy Yates Designs Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south lawn of Montpelier, at the Route 131 turn to St. George, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum’s education and preservation programs. Admission is free.

Jewelry designer Yates and her mother Muffie Cabot are longtime friends of Knox Museum. In 2011, Yates first brought her collection to Montpelier, to much acclaim and great benefit to the museum. Back again by popular demand, she will unveil some of her latest creations under the tent.

Yates was born in Washington, D.C., where her mother was the Reagan White House Social Secretary and her father was a reporter for The Washington Post. Her sister, “It’s Complicated” actress Ali Wentworth, is married to George Stephanopoulos, White House Communications Director for President Clinton and current anchor of “Good Morning America.” And her father-in-law was Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” fame.

While working for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the aspiring designer got to study the museum’s vast collections of Asiatic and Oriental jewelry and her fascination with exotic gemstones was born. She launched her eponymous jewelry collection, Sissy Yates Designs, in 2007.

Sissy Yates Designs is a tightly edited collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets made with semi-precious stones sourced from around the world. Inspired by her work at the Met, and by her childhood travels to the beaches of Cape Cod, the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico, Yates is fascinated with the rich colors and the translucent qualities of rare stones such as opal, topaz, kyanite, labradorite, chalcedony, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, coral and lapis. She incorporates these stones into her colorful designs, creating versatile pieces that are equally suited to Washington power lunches and casual Midcoast Maine summer brunches.

Yates shows her collection privately across the country and also offers a custom jewelry design service. The line is also available at an ever-expanding list of boutiques along the Northeast and at her website, A percentage of the proceeds from each of her trunk shows is donated to local and national charities. A percentage of the proceeds from her show at Montpelier will be donated to support Knox Museum’s programming.

Yates' jewelry is routinely worn by Hollywood celebrities, TV personalities, political figures, journalists and Washington socialites. Sissy Yates Designs has been featured in the country’s top fashion magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, in addition to Washington Life, Capitol File and The Washington Post. The brand also has made appearances on national TV shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The View” and “Good Morning America.”

Yates and her family live in Washington, D.C., and make frequent visits to Midcoast Maine in the summer months. For more information, call 354-8062 or email to

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