Fundamentally, for most of us as consumers and collectors, the question comes back to: what do we need to know, what do we want to own as we face a large and often unregulated retail environment. Do we want our ring to have one single mined stone with integrity, or a blended thing that’s the result of fabrication with polymer? The only wrong answer here is when it gets into deception by sellers.
I was curious enough about the composite question to look further and turned up a useful and interesting read from a GIA expert. Having trouble linking: it’s a PDF. Note that the writer calls composite stuff “turquoise” in quotation marks–distinguishing it from what is accepted as actual turquoise.
So terminology wise, I still dispute that “real” is the correct adjective for composite turquoise. I’d just say it’s composite turquoise and leave “real” for, well, turquoise.
### A New Type of Composite Turquoise - GIA
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by G Choudhary · 2010 · Cited by 4 — Some of the turquoise has veins or “matrix” material composed of a gold-colored polymer with fragments resembling pyrite/marcasite. The composite turquoise can be identified by its microscopic appearance, UV fluorescence, spectroscope spectrum, and FTIR features.