Are My Ray-Bans Real? Learn how to Spot a Fake
There are several ways to determine if a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses are authentic or fake. Here are a few things to look for:
Check the logo: The Ray-Ban logo should be crisp and clear, and should be located on the lens, temples, and/or case. Make sure the logo is not blurry or look smudged. Many models also include the logo on the nose pads. If you can smudge the logo, etching or easily remove the temple logo, that’s a sign your frames are fakes.
Check the lenses: Original Ray-Ban sunglasses will have "RB" or “Ray-Ban" etched onto the corner of the left lens to prove its authenticity. If the etching is missing, or of a low quality or painted on the lens, then it is fake. Polarized lenses will have "Ray-Ban P" etched instead.
Pre-2000 models may have a “BL” etching. This stands for “Bausch & Lomb,” the company that originally owned Ray-Ban. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban to the Italian company Luxottica.
Where it is made: Today, Ray-Bans are made in both Italy and China. When Luxottica started manufacturing Ray-Bans in 1999, they were made in Italy. Throughout the years, Luxottica has grown exponentially and opened factories outside its native country.
Look at the quality of the materials: Genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses are made from high-quality materials, so if the sunglasses feel flimsy or cheap, they are likely fake.
Uniformity of acetate: All genuine Ray-Ban glasses are cut from a single piece of acetate to ensure the highest quality and uniformity in the final product. The entire frame should not have any rough areas.
The hinges: Many Ray-Bans have a distinctive silver metal hinge that contains seven interlocking metal hinges. Any model made before 2010 will have seven-finger hinges, while those made after 2010 will have three. Seeing this is a good sign on most models, but its absence shouldn't be cause for concern, as other types of high-quality metal hinges are sometimes used; for instance, for Ray-Ban's Aviators and Clubmasters.
Check the packaging: Ray-Ban sunglasses come in a hard case with a branded microfiber cleaning cloth and booklet. The packaging should be well-made and have the Ray-Ban logo on it. The print should be on quality paper with no spelling errors or typos.
Check the case: Ray-Ban protective carrying cases have a round seal with the Ray-Ban signature logo in the middle, "100% UV protection" at the top, and "Sunglasses by Luxottica" at the bottom. The button on the case should have the Ray-Ban logo on it.
Check the model number: Every Ray-Ban sunglasses has a model number located on the inner side of the right temple arm. Compare this number with the model number of the same model on the official website and packaging.
Check the price: Whether you are shopping for a new or used pair of Ray-Bans, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be suspicious of prices that are significantly lower than retail or fair market value.
Authentic Ray-Ban Eyewear
At Trovelle, we authenticate every item before it is offered for sale. We source our inventory from authorized dealers, respected industry wholesalers and distributors. Shop for genuine Ray-Ban eyewear with confidence.
We unconditionally guarantee that all products we offer are 100% authentic and as described. No fakes or reproductions of any kind. Simply put: No fake sh*t. It's all real.
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