Australian Facetors' Guild Limited

Lodgement Date for Nominations for Office Bearers and Directors of AFG Extended to 24 July, 2018. 

Under the Articles for the Association, Clauses 46 (b) and (c), nominations for the Office Bearers and Directors of the Australian Facetors' Guild Ltd have been extended to and will be accepted up to the 24 July by the Secretary.  The AGM Agenda including the Nominees will be published in Facet Talk 222.  Facet Talk 221 contains the relevant form.  Please forward nominations to the AFG Secretary, PO Box 332, Mapleton, Qld. 4560 OR E-mail a copy of the completed form to by 24 July 2018

A precious metal clay workshop will be undertaken on 3 and 4th September if enough interest is shown.

Metal clay is a pure silver with a binder that can be moulded and formed into various jewellery patterns with Cz stones included if required,it is a soft putty type material that when dried is fired in a kiln to remove the binder and form solid non tarnishing silver 99% pure.

This photo is a sample of what may be made:

All material and tools plus kiln will be provided.Participants can bring own CZ up to 8mm if required.At this time cost will be between $30 to $40 dollars depends on clay prices and number interested.

Please register your interest to Rod Turville  email :



Alexandre (Alec) Wolkonsky

10 February 1928  -  20 February 2018

Aged 90

John Broadfoot (Facet Talk Editor)


It is with great sadness that we have lost a world faceting identity.  Alec Wolkonsky died at his home in Saint Cloud, Paris on 20th February after a short illness; at the age of 90.  After he retired in the 1980s he took up lapidary with a main interest in faceting.  

He joined the Australian Facetors’ Guild in 1985 and was made a Life Member in recent years.  He was also a member of The United States Facetors’ Guild and the United Kingdom Gem Cutters Guild, both formed in 1990.  He became member of the Columbia-Willamette Faceters’ Guild in 1986.  He had designs selected in the Columbia- Willemette Facetors' Guild's World's best 12 designs of 1987 and has been acknowledged as a cutter and designer by the diamond expert, Basil Watermeyer. 

Alec worked closely with Dr Piet van Zanten (Belgium) to improve the performance of designs and they jointly published many designs.  He also worked closely with Bob Long and Norm Steele and many of his designs have been made available through Seattle Faceting Designs (Long & Steel) of which some 59 are in the DataVue database which may be accessed through GemCad (Robert Strickland).  Alec was also well published in Faceting journals and newsletters around the world.  His designs were provided freely to all faceting organisations in the world.  The AFG obtained permission from Alec to reproduce his designs in booklet form to sell to members.   

Alec visited Australia in 1989 and stayed with a number of AFG members.  Alec was hosted by John and Hazel Broadfoot in Brisbane and Peter and Pat Collins in Warwick and was the guest speaker at the 1989 AFG Seminar.  He gave his time willingly to share his knowledge through his presentations and discussions. 

Alec’s favourite gemstones were beryl, aquamarine, tourmaline, sapphire and garnet.  He often visited Africa and other countries to buy his gemstone rough directly from the miners.  He would also be seen at most large gem shows in Germany, France, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA.  Alec contributed so much to faceting over more than 30 years through new designs and research to improve the performance of faceted gemstones.  He was made a Life Member of most Guilds worldwide in recognition of his achievements and the advancement of faceting.  His is a great legacy to be remembered for some time to come.  It was a pleasure knowing this gentleman facetor

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