Knox Museum will host a jewelry trunk show featuring Sissy Yates Designs Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south lawn of Montpelier, the big white house at the turn to St. George, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum’s education and preservation programs. Admission is free, and everyone with a love of unusual one-of-a-kind jewelry creations is invited to attend.

Jewelry designer Sissy Yates and her mother Muffie Cabot are long-time friends of Knox Museum. In 2011, Yates first brought her collection to Montpelier to much acclaim and great benefit to the museum. Now back by popular demand for a fifth show, she will unveil some of her latest creations under the tent.

Yates’ mother was the Reagan White House Social Secretary, while her dad 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. The tightly edited collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets features exquisite semi-precious stones sourced from around the world. Yates also offers clients a custom jewelry design service.

Yates shows her collection privately across the country; the line is also available at an ever-expanding list of boutiques along the northeast and online at A percentage of the proceeds from each of her trunk shows is donated to local and national charities. Her jewelry is routinely worn by Hollywood celebrities, TV personalities, political figures, journalists and Washington socialites; and has been featured in the country’s top fashion magazines, newspapers and on TV.

Yates lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three children; and makes frequent visits to Midcoast Maine in the summer months. For more information, call Knox Museum at 354-8062 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or