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2020 Annual Faceting Competition - Anouncements

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  • 25 Sep 2019 10:02 PM
    Message # 7899510

    We are pleased to announce that the updated competition schedule for the Australian Facetors’ Guild Limited’s (AFG’s) 2020 Annual Faceting Competition is now available at the following link.

    From the AFG website ( the menu selection is Events -> Competitions -> AFG National 2020 Competition.

    The schedule has recently been updated to include the recently added Gemstone Faceting Designs Trophy for the Open Challenge (section O.10.6).

    This is the first time the Open Challenge has appeared in an AFG Competition and it is specifically designed to test a broader range of skills than our usual faceting competitions. Competitors are required to make up their own cutting instructions using one of the computer aided design packages (e.g. Gemcad, Gem Cut Studio, etc) to suit a set design, then cut it. 20% of the marks are allocated to the cutting instructions which must be submitted with the finished stone.

    The other relatively recent addition to the competition is section O.10.5, which is a concave cut design. Both the Open Challenge and the Concave cut section are optional, meaning that entrants do not need to submit entries in those two sections to have a chance at willing the Open Champion – Quality Gem Rough Trophy.

    We encourage entries from competitors at all skill levels. Entry to the competition is a great way to improve a cutter’s skills through the valuable feedback the entrant’s judging sheet provides.

    Happy Faceting

    Last modified: 11 Nov 2019 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 28 Sep 2019 8:07 AM
    Reply # 7906386 on 7899510
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you john for your comments.

    But may I point out some issues

    1: The webmasters roll is to look after the web site in all its functions, and give notice of any changes as required with approval from the AFG Board.

    2: Like Facet Talk, we can only update what information is supplied to us in the first place.

    3: Any information given for Competitions is the SOLE responsibility of the competition Committee with approval from the AFG Board, be it in the Forum, or on the website

    4: All question about any competition/s must be sent to the Competition Committee

    Hope this helps


    Last modified: 11 Nov 2019 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 01 Dec 2019 7:21 AM
    Reply # 8147038 on 7899510

    Update – Correction to the London Shield I.11.4

    One of the pre-form tiers was missing.  We have corrected the error in the third version of the competition schedule that is available on competition page for the 2020 Annual Competition on the AFG website. We have also swapped P1 for P4, either method works but each has its own challenges. 

    Please download a copy from that site.  If you are having difficulty downloading the updated schedule, please e-mail the competition committee at and we’ll e-mail you a copy of the updated schedule.

  • 21 Feb 2020 7:39 AM
    Reply # 8760322 on 7899510


    Hi All, a quick reminder that your entries for the 2020 Annual Faceting Competition need to be received at the Committee's post office box on or before 1 June 2020.  This means you will need to allow time for them to be delivered to the post office box, especially if forwarding your entries from outside of Australia.

    In response to a couple of queries we have received.

    • There is no entry fee.
    • This is a level 3 competition, if you have not previously competed in an Australian Level 3 Competition, the International Faceting Challenge (also Level 3) or at Gemboree (Level 4) you are eligible to enter any of the sections regardless of how experienced you are.  
    • There are 4 faceting groups, Groups 8 to 11.  A previous win in a Group in a Level 3 or 4 competition as a Beginner or Intermediate level competitor prevents you re-entering again at that level or the level below for that Group.  For example a win in Group I.8A.1 stops you entering again as a Beginner or Intermediate in Group 8 (both sections 8A or 8B).  A win at Open level does not prevent you re-entering an open competition.

    There is a good article on competition cutting written by Martin Winterbottom for the United Kingdom Facet Cutters Guild titled “A few thoughts on competition cutting” (see  It provides a good guide to anyone starting their journey into competition cutting as everything in that article applies equally to Australian competitions.

    The Competitor and Judging Manual published by AFLACA is the best source of guidance on what a Judge looks for.

  • 21 Feb 2020 5:10 PM
    Reply # 8761199 on 7899510
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is also a coloured booklet called " A Guide For Faceting Competitors" available from our Supplies Officer.

    It describes what a Judge looks for when judging a stone. It goes through each Judging Feature in detail with coloured photo examples of good & poor examples.

    There is also an  article in Facet Talk 229 called "Revisiting Girdle Thickness"  Investing in a Graticule Loupe could save you some valuable points.


  • 21 Feb 2020 6:44 PM
    Reply # 8761307 on 7899510

    Hi Paul,

    Would it be possible to publish extracts from the booklet on the Guilds website so they are available to members overseas.

      I understand that our current exchange rate the cost of a money order purchased in the US to buy the booklet would be about 8 times the cost of the booklet.

  • 22 Feb 2020 10:07 AM
    Reply # 8762763 on 7899510
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    No Gordon. BUT there are several extracts in Facet Talk over the last couple of years... I did a series of articles on most of the judging features. Maybe a good excuse to go back and read some of them as there are lots of good articles in Facet Talk that we forget about.

  • 23 Feb 2020 7:00 AM
    Reply # 8763917 on 7899510
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Gordon

    In regards to postage, a 500 Grm  package Trackable to the USA would cost $26.00AU so it is not 8 times the value hope this helps


  • 23 Feb 2020 10:00 PM
    Reply # 8764615 on 7899510

    Hi Ed,

    I saw a post from one of the US members asking uf we woukd use Pay Pal as a money order cost him about US45.  With exchange rates around $0.65US per AUD, the cost of a money order plus postage would be about $95 Aussie $.  Pretty close to 12 times the cost of the book.

    I recall the issue why we won't get Pay Pal is that the exposure for failure of consideration claime is too great. 

    But there must be a better way of getting valuable information to members.

    It would be even be a considerable saving if we could electronically deliver publications.  It would also avoid claims the product wasn't received,e.g. failure of consideration claims.

    Perhaps a topic for another thread.



  • 01 Mar 2020 9:19 PM
    Reply # 8784890 on 7899510

    We received the following query in relation to the competition.


    "Where a specific stone is required such as Zircon – Is this only natural zircon or can it be manmade?"


    Although we tend to think of natural material when talking about material, the definition of faceted stone in Groups 8 to 11 (all of the faceting sections) of the J&R manual refers to a stone cut from a single piece of Natural or man made (MM) transparent Lapidary material.   

    Because we didn't specify natural material in the reference to the type of material, such as Quartz, it is a reference to both natural and MM material in this competition.  

    This is because when cut some MM material can't be picked from natural material without sophisticated laboratory equipment. Quartz is an example of this.

    However be careful with MM material, some trade names aren't accurate, for example opalescent glass being called Opalite despite being chemically and physically different naturally occurring Opalite.

    In the past Cubic Zirconia has been entered in place of Zircon.  CZ is a different material with different physical properties and is not MM Zircon.  

     This leads to a further distinction, Imatation material.  Although CZ and Nanosital have colourations that imitate naturally occurring gemstones, they are not man made versions of that material and have different chemical and physical properties to the gems they imitate.  As a result they are referred to as imitators and will not qualify for any section specifying material that they imitate.  They only qualify for a section specifying the relevant material (e.g. Nanosital, for Nanosital, and Cubic Zirconia for CZ).

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