How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses +get £10 off an authentic Pair!

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Hello friends! Today I want to chat about How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses. I’m a long time customer of the brand and I’m truly a devotee of their amazing eyewear. However, there are fakes on the market, so today we are going to chat about how to spot a fake pair of Ray-Ban glasses or sunglasses, because I don’t want you to get caught out. It’s easily done… it happened to a member of my family a few years ago and the fakes they bought were expensive and surprisingly convincing 🙁

Ray-Ban are one of those brands whose products never go out of style and if you choose the right pair, they will go with every outfit and last for years, if not decades! Plus, not only do they look super cool and effortless, but they are really important for your eye health too. Ray-Ban have super high quality lenses which protect your eye area and eye balls from sun damage. I know fast fashion sunglasses can look cute, but they won’t protect your eyes the way that premium lenses will, so please bare that in mind when you are shopping.

I’m honestly the biggest fan of Ray-Ban sunglasses, which is why I want to share my tips and tricks for spotting authentic Ray-Ban sunnies, because not only do you not want to waste your money, but you don’t want to compromise your eye health either! Let’s go!

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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Look at the Lenses

First up, let’s look at the lenses! If you look at the surface of the lenses, they should be perfect with no scratches or impactions to the surface. If you have already started wearing the glasses, they should be wearing well and they shouldn’t scratch easily, for instance, if you drop them in the sand on the beach, as long as you carefully dust / shake off the sand they should be fine, where as the fake version might be left with surface scratches. I can attest to this, I have worn mine on the beach way too many times and kept them out of the box super frequently and the lenses are still looking great!

Next up, let’s look at the logo on the lenses. On the top left hand corner should have either RB or Ray-ban printed or etched into the glass. Generally, I’ve noticed it’s printed onto the Clubmaster or aviator lenses and etched into the Wayfarer lenses, but it varies. Either way, it should be perfectly done in a small subtle size and intricate detail. If it seems like the logo is too big, this is often a sign that it’s a fake pair. If you look at the images, the branding on the lenses is very delicate. If the lenses are polarised, you will see instead it says Ray-Ban P instead, this is to denote the Polarised addition, which is a more expensive finish. Also, you will notice that there is a slight difference to the look of the lenses, it’s hard to explain, but it has a ‘look’ or a ‘finish’ like a coating which is slightly different to non-polarised lenses. If you try them on, you might find that your phone screen looks different with the polarised lenses compared too the non-polarised versions. This is because the polarised lenses protect your eyes further and dispel highly reflective surfaces, like if you look at your phone in the sunshine or the sea.

Also, if you are wearing the glasses, you should find that the lenses are the perfect amount of ‘tint’ to the lenses. Some shades might have a slightly more ‘rose gold’ filter to them, or perhaps more of a soft sepia filter, but they should always be lovely to look through and never make the world appear too dark or gloomy. One of the nicest things about wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses compared to fast fashion eyewear is that it makes the world look lovely, no really, the lenses often make the world look even prettier with their lenses!

Finally, the only time Ray-ban lenses will not be marked with either the Ray-ban logo or RB or Ray-ban P, is if the lenses are prescription and the original lenses have been switched out for prescription ones.

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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Look at the Arms

If you are buying Wayfarers in tortoiseshell or any clear finish, then hold them up to the light, as you should be able to see a metal rod which goes up the entire length of the arm. This is to keep them strong and sturdy. Counterfeit glasses won’t have the metal rod, so it’s a good idea to look out for it. This will not be visible in black or opaque coloured pairs, but if you are buying from a store which has tortoiseshell or any form of clear Ray-Ban glasses, then have a look at those pairs to see if you can see if you can see the metal rod, it might be a good indicator for the authenticity of the glasses they are selling in general. It’s rare to have a store selling some real and some fake products.

As for other styles which are made of metal, like the club masters or aviators, these will have metal on part or all of the arms, and if you give this a feel, the metal should feel strong, sturdy and lightweight. It should also have no sharp edges or corners. The finish should be perfect!

Look closely at the inside markings on the arms, they should be marked as ‘Made in Italy’. The lettering should be perfectly printed and evenly spaced and there should also be the CE logo, the Ray-Ban logo and lots of serial codes which denote style numbers, colours and sizes. The main thing you want to look for is the fact they are made in Italy, the CE logo and the serial codes in general and that it’s all well printed without smudges or poor quality printing.

Also, on the outside of the arms, if you are looking at the wayfarers, you will see the Ray-Ban logo on the edge of the arm, this will be risen above the arm rather than stamped on the arm. Make sure the logo is the correct font etc (we will chat more about this later!) and if you are buying club masters or aviators, you might find the branding a little more subtle, either etched or stamped on, or often just their almond-shaped oval – you know the one I mean!

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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Look closely at the case

Ray-Ban glasses and sunglasses are always sold in a case which should be made of either black or brown leather with a grainy texture. They are high quality cases which are study to help protect the glasses. There is a press stud at the front in the middle which should be traded and inside the glass you should find an information booklet and a branded cleaning cloth, these are generally grey with a red print. Sometimes the leather case will come in a cardboard box protecting the case and this is coloured a silver/ grey colour which is again branded and will often includes codes and the Luxotica brand name. Luxotica are the owners and manufacturers of the Ray-Ban brand.

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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Do the glasses have nose pads?

If you are buying a pair of Clubmasters or Aviators, look at the nose pads, there should be a tiny piece of branding on the metal behind the pads, just a little RB, I made sure I got a snap of it for you to see, it’s very subtle, but it’s a great indication of authenticity.

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Look at the codes on the inside of the arms

Authentic Ray-bans should be marked ‘Made in Italy’ on the inside of the arms. There should also be a CE logo, as well as the serial number, brand name, model name and some other codes which mean nothing to people like you and me, but will denote the colour code and size etc. All this print should be perfectly printed, well spaced, not smudged and generally beautifully etched. If this is missing, or they are marked as made anywhere except Italy, walk away! Again, I’ve tried to get some images for you to see!

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Inspect ALL the logos

This is a big one and goes for ALL designer items. Go on the Ray-Ban website and really LOOK at the logo. Look closely, inspect the font, the spacing between the letters, the angles, the thickness of the letters, the proportions in general and then cross reference that with the logos on the glasses and the box. It should all match up perfectly! It should look and feel 100% perfect, right down to the ratio of the size of the ‘R’ compared to the ‘a’ in the brand name. Every letter, every font, every space and every measurement should be perfect on the box, case, lens and the inside and outside of the arms.

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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Check the metal finishes

This is one which can often be overlooked, you want to have a good look at the metal finishes, First of all, it should all feel smooth and well finished. Next, have a look at the hinges on the arms, they should feel strong and study and open with a firmness without being stiff. Give any metal a tap to see if it feels or sounds tin-ny and if you want, give the metal a sniff, as it should smell neutral and not metallic. If the metal is meant to be a matte finish, it should be perfectly even in it’s finish, however, if they are designed to have a high-shine finish, then it should also be perfectly glossy with no surface scratches.

Assess the over-all quality

Finally, have a look at the sunglasses as a whole. This is where you want to really look and feel the glasses and see if they feel ‘right’ over all. For instance, do the hinges feel right, are the glasses perfectly symmetrical or do they appear slightly warped – especially with the more metal framed aviators or club masters. Everything from the printing on the inside of the arm to the case to the lenses should look and feel perfect. If you are buying Wayfarers, do look for the metal rod in the arm and always familiarise yourself with the logo, just because it says ‘Ray-Ban’ doesn’t mean it’s right.

Please remember that if you buy a pair of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses, not only will they probably scratch or break easily, but they won’t protect your eyes like the originals. Personally, I always get mine from trusted stores like Sunglass Hut or Sunglasses shop.

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Are Ray-bans worth the money?

Yes! Ray-Bans are beautifully made and if they are looked after, they will last years, if not decades. On top of being a classic fashion item which is known for effortless style, they also protect your eye and eye area from the suns damaging rays.

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Thank you for reading my post on How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses. I really hope it helps! Let me know if you have any questions. This post contains affiliate links and previous press samples.

How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

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