Australia’s largest single lapidary organisation, the Australian Facetors’ Guild Limited, was formed in Warwick, Queensland, in1981 at a gathering of 145 facetors from all over Australia. This Facetors’ Forum was organised by the late Peter Collins, one of the founding members. The AFG has some 850 members including members in New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland and France. Links have been made with similar Guilds overseas and an active exchange of faceting information takes place.
The objectives of the Australian Facetors’ Guild Limited are to:
The bi-monthly magazine “Facet Talk” provides links and support to members wherever they reside by publishing faceting techniques, product news, letters, questions and answers, tips and state branch reports and many more general articles of interest. The AFG’s reciprocal arrangements with a number of Australian and overseas lapidary and faceting magazines provide a wealth of the latest ideas and research in faceting.
The AFG was the first lapidary organisation in Australia to recognise the merits of the meetpoint system of cutting documented by Bob Long and Norm Steele of the USA. Active interchange of ideas on meetpoint faceting has led to many new and exciting designs. The Guild sells the Long & Steele series of books on facet designs. A number of other booklets of designs have been made available exclusively to the Guild for sale at near cost to members. These include designs by Alec Wolkonsky (France), and Sammy Fangrath (Australia)