Is There a Jeweler in the House?

Ian Brown crosses town (and continents!) to bring his clients the best pieces During the course of his 20-year career in jewelry retail, Ian Brown has worn a multitude of hats—from diamond buyer to watch director to vice president of Brown & Co., the Atlanta-based jewelry chain founded by his father, Frank Brown. But his favorite chapeau to don is that of private jeweler—one who lays out his wares on a dining room table, not a glass display case. Brown and his wife, Catherine, opened their intimate boutique, I&C, in Woodstock, Ga., in 2011 to provide six-day-a-week retail and repair service. But the GIA-certified gemologist is often out on house calls, appraising collections, or cocreating custom jewels with the local magpies. And a personal mission to find well-priced, untreated gems recently took him much farther afield, to the mines of ­Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. He spent a mo

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