How can I tell if my Ray-Bans are genuine?
We've become something of an expert in Ray-Bans so we see and hold an awful lot of their sunglasses. Sometimes our customers bring their "Ray-Ban" sunglasses in to us for repairs or spare parts and we have to tell them that their sunglasses are fakes. Here's how to spot a genuine Ray-Ban from a fake.
Quality and finish
Genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses are hand made in Italy and, as such, are of a very good quality of material and finish. Hold your Ray-Bans and have a close look. Do they feel of a quality weight? Is the finish around the joints of a high quality? Real acetate Ray-Bans like the Wayfarer aren't made in a mold, they are cut from a solid block of high quality acetate and hand polished. They should have no seams or rough joints in the acetate material. If you don't have the opportunity to look closely and feel the product then maybe it's best not to buy.
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All Ray-Ban lenses are of the best quality but most of the classic Ray-Ban designs come with superior glass lenses. Tap the lenses carefully and feel if they are made of glass. Fakes very rarely use glass lenses. If it's not glass then don't panic, some newer designs use other materials; Try checking for the logos instead.
All original Ray-Bans have a "RB" etched onto one lens (check the far left side of the left lens) and "Ray-Ban" written in white in the top corner of the other. On fakes this etching will either be missing or of poor quality. The "RB" etching should be crisp and etched, not painted on.
If you have chosen a Ray-Ban with polarized lenses, then the right lens will have "Ray-Ban P" written in the top corner but the "RB" etching remains the same. Of course polarized lenses cost a little extra (find out why here) so you'll be wanting to be sure you have got the polarized lenses you paid for. Ray-Ban Polarized lenses always have "Ray-Ban P" in the top corner. If the "P" is missing be cautious.
All Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers have a silver coloured seven barrel hinge (see the image below). This means that the hinge has seven interlocking loops for the bolt to pass through. Hinges of this quality are not usually found on inferior fake sunglasses. The hinge itself is held to the acetate (plastic) frame with two metal rivets on the front and two on the side.
Hinges on the Clubmaster will look very similar to the Wayfarer shown below only with five barrels on the hinge instead of seven.
Of course, other genuine Ray-Ban models will have different hinges but always check that they look of good quality. If the frame is made of acetate (plastic) then the hinges should be embedded neatly into the frame rather than showing any traces of glue or melted plastic.
Hinges on metal frames like the Aviator should be held with high quality screws that match the colour of the metal frame.
Nose pads are the small rubberised cushions that sit on you nose to support the sunglasses. Most Ray-Ban metal sunglasses have transparent nose pads with the Ray-Ban logo embossed into their centre (see below). On a few of their metal sunglasses the nose pads will be a pale peach colour but the logo on the metal centre will still be visible if you look closely. Most fakes will not have these nose pads.
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