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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses

Vojtěch Brtinský

Medically reviewed by Vojtěch Brtinský, Optometrist, on 23 Aug 2021
Written by Leonie Bauer

Stylish, high-quality and popular - Ray-Ban sunglasses are in fashion again this year.

Provided they are genuine.

Many of you are asking: How can I distinguish genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses from fakes?

Read the ultimate guide to distinguishing original Ray-Ban sunglasses from fakes!

1. Make sure that the packaging is complete

Box, case, microfibre cloth and booklet - these are all part of a proper Ray-Ban package. If only one element is missing, you could be buying a fake. But even if everything is present, you should be careful.

You can spot a fake by paying attention to a few other details.

Ray-Ban complete packaging

In the picture above you can see an example of what the original packaging should look like. You can tell if it is a fake by the following details:

  • The logo on the front of the box is printed in poor quality or can be wiped off with a finger.
  • The side of the box is missing a sticker with information about the manufacturer and the model.
  • There is no logo on the case. The logo should say: 100% UV protection - Ray Ban - Sunglasses By Luxottica (or similar).
  • There is no logo on the microfibre cloth. All genuine sunglasses have a red logo.

2. Check the frame

Frame check 1
 

Look closely at both temples of the sunglasses. On the inside left side there should be a code indicating the number and colour of the model. The code always starts with the letters RB and four digits, followed by more numbers and letters.

Frame check 2
 

Look for the words "Made in Italy" or "Made in China" or the letters CE (although these are not present on all models) on the right inner temple. If you buy prescription Ray-Ban glasses, the logo is on the inside right temple.

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Original Ray-Bans are characterised by the following features:

  • A model No. (i.e RB 4246 on the inside of the left temple)
  • A model's description (i.e RB 4246 990 51)
  • The lens width and bridge's length (should match with the Bridge's engraving (eg, 51 □ 19))
  • A lens type code (eg, 3N)

The above example is the model Ray-Ban Clubround RB 4246 990 51

130 mm Width

135 mm Temple length

50 mm Lens height
58 mm Lens width
14 mm Bridge width

3. Don't forget to check the lenses and nose pads

Frame check 1Original Ray-Ban sunglasses have an embossed logo on the lenses and nose pads.
 

 

 

Frame check 1The lenses have their logo either on the right side (sunglasses) or on the left side (prescription glasses).

 

 

4. Remember to protect your eyes

Be careful and buy your Ray-Ban sunglasses only from certified retailers. Fake sunglasses may offer poor UV protection.

Without proper UV filters, dark lenses dilate the pupils, allowing harmful UV rays to enter the eye (even more than if you were not wearing sunglasses at all!) This can lead to painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea.

category of UV filter for sunglasses

These inflammations are characterised by reddened, watery and burning eyes as well as pain and a strong sensitivity to glare. The symptoms appear six to eight hours after sun exposure. 


5. Look for the CE marking

Over the years, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can damage the lens of the eye, promoting cataract. The disease is gradual and leads to blurred vision, a grey haze and glare. 

Therefore, it is important to check whether the glasses have a CE marking, which is mandatory in Europe. With this marking, the manufacturer indicates that the glasses have a UV protection against light with a wavelength of up to 380 nanometres. Harmful light, however, can reach up to 400 nanometres. An additional UV400 marking indicates that all rays up to this wavelength are blocked.

Please be aware that there are two very similar logos that represent two completely different things. The European CE mark (that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area) and the Chinese CE mark (standing for „China Export“, i.e. without safety standards) look almost identical. The few Ray-Ban models manufactured in China carry the European CE mark and therefore comply with European safety and environmental regulations.
 

Source: ybw.com

Source: ybw.com

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Comments

  • Kanika

    My ray ban has marking RB 3016 clubmaster 901/58 49box 21 140 3P. On left arm. Is it original

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Please take a look at the other markings and points within the article. They might help you determine whether the product is original or not.

      We cannot, anyhow, guarantee nor suggest whether a ceratin pair is genuine if it was not purchased by us.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Holly

    hi I was given a pair of rayban glasses markedrb4260 54016-145 on side arm, and rayban made in italy ce on the other arm. In box with holder and cloth marked rayban. Could these be genuine?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Holly,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The markings and the accessories do suggest that the sunglasses are genuine. Please, also take a look if any leaflets or booklets are provided, as those usually are included in the packaging as well.

      We cannot, anyhow, guarantee nor suggest whether a ceratin pair is genuine if it was not purchased by us.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Rajkaran

    In my RB 7091 there is no T(like tesla mark) and CE written.

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,

      Thank you for your email.

      The letter T is not present on all models.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Franklin M.

    On RB2140 What does K or B Before CE stand for?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Most likely, the marking is associated with the model.
      However, we cannot provide you with a definitive answer.
      We would recommend contacting Ray-Ban directly.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Narda W.

    I purchased a pair of New Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban's website and got a discount, $150 instead of $200. When they arrived (from Italy) the box didn't have the label on the bottom with specifications and the inside arm only had the name and model number, no other specifications like color, size and lenses color and no N or P for non polarized or polarized. Is it possible Ray Ban sold me fake Ray Bans?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I would not be concerned regarding receiving a fake pair if it has been bought from Ray Ban's original website.

      In any case, you should contact their customer service line if you have any concerns.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Keith

    Hi,
    The serial number on my glasses have no RB. They just say 2140 ( not RB 2140). Guess they are fake?

    Reply
  • Ken N.

    I have a air of Ray ban blaze General there is no rb etching on the lense does this mean they are fake

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Ken,


      Thank you for your comment.


      This might be the case, however, you should also make sure to check all other
      details (for example certificates, etc). Also, they should not be fake if bought
      from an authorized reseller.


      Regards.


      Reply
  • Brandon J.

    i have all 5 verifying these are authentic but i cant find the model anywhere. RB4260 54 (sqare symbol) 16-145. i have the package labeled to me address correct etc but i never ordered or payed for these..? everything from the CE made italy cloth booklet excact. price range on these frame any info on these frames?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Brandon,


      Thank you for your inquiry.


      Unfortunately, we do not have said model on our website. You can try
      searching on the official Ray-Ban website or contact them directly.


      Kind Regards.


      Reply
    • Deirdre

      Ha. Just had the exact thing happen.
      Never ordered them.
      But same codes as you.
      Guess they are fake.

      Reply
      • Gergana-Ekaterina
        Lentiamo.co.uk

        Hello,

        Thank you for your comment. Have you ordered the glasses that you are refering to from us or some other retailer? Kind Regards.

        Reply
  • Mohammed

    Thanks give me the information original or fake can you sent me location in saudi arabi Riyadh which places in ray ban showroom 966530743630 this my numbers plz help.

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Mohammed,


      Thank you for your inquiry.


      Unfortunately, I do not have this information.


      Regards.


      Reply
  • Davidjacinto

    Rb 4293- ch 622/71 63015 140 3p

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,


      Thank you for your comments.


      In the text above we have described shortly what the numbers are supposed to
      mean: ''A model No. (i.e RB 4246 on the inside of the left temple)
      A model's des­cription (i.e RB 4246 990 51) The lens width and
      bridge's length [should match with the Bridge's engraving (eg, 51 – 19)]
      And a lens type code (eg, 3N)'.


      It seems that we do not have a particular pair so I wouldn't be able to give
      you further information.


      Kind Regards.


      Reply
  • David J.

    I have RB 4263 -CH 622/71 63O15 140 3P THE Case is black and says sunglasses by LUXOTTICA. CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT EXPLAINS ALL THESE NUMERS. HELP

    Reply
  • David J.

    I have RB 4293-CH 622/71 140 3P black lenses can't find out what 622/71 mean

    Reply
  • Harry

    how can I tell which filter my Ray Bans have?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,


      Thank you for your inquiry.


      Original Ray-Ban sunglasses should have a marking regarding the UV protection
      on the case.


      Kind Regards.


      Reply
  • Aurelie J.

    Hi! I bought a pair of Ray Bans at a Duty Free shop while traveling last year, and recently noticed that the logo on the lens is coming off. It is a rounded model with glass frames. This is the third pair of Ray Bans that I am using, and I have never had this issue before. Is this normal?

    Reply
  • Chris

    Hi, I’m looking at a pair of sunglasses on eBay. They look good and the seller has sent extra photos. However there a two things bothering me. One is the grey sticker on the lens instead of the black one I see everywhere and the other is the sunglasses are in a plastic bag inside the case. I’ve never seen this before but have seen on a YouTube guide this could mean they are a fake. Please help!

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Chris,


      Thank you for your inquiry.


      Unfortunately, we will not be able to help, since we cannot guarantee for any
      other products, except for the ones sold by us. You could verify with the seller
      whether he has the booklet and the sticker on the side of the box.


      Kind Regards.


      Reply
  • Gian

    Hi! I don’t have the logo Raybans on my lenses and they’re prescripted sunglasses. However, there is a logo on the nose pads, right side said made in italy and left side has the code and everything.

    Reply
    • Tanya
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hi,


      Thank you for your message.


      You can check out with Ray-Ban or the company that sold you the RayBans if
      they're truly original. In Lentiamo, we sell only original products.


      Best regards,


      Reply
  • Smye

    What does the letter mean on the right

    Eg. Rayban. Made in Italy k C E

    Reply
    • Cristiana
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hi,


      It's the code of the factory. This arm is just for production-related
      information.


      Regards


      Reply
  • Me

    If there is no length indicated, it means fake?

    Reply
  • Shaiya V.

    I have rayban with no temple length is it original or Fake?

    Reply
    • Cristiana
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hi,


      It should be mentioned the code on the inner left part, identifying the
      number and colour of the model. As you can see in our article, point 2, first
      picture, 145 is the temple length.


      Thanks,


      Reply
  • Anonymous

    Is they a way l can send pictures to use to see if mine a fake course l found them I box of the when l clean out a house

    Reply
    • Tanya
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hi,


      You can read the article above and try to find the mentioned parameters on
      your sunnies in order to verify if your sunglasses are original or not.


      Best regards,


      Reply
  • Mitko D.

    I have old original Ray Ban glasses, and I keep them as my eyes, because if I lose them I will have to buy new ones, and you with your branches and factories in China are no longer a serious company for me, I will be sorry to spend even and one euro for products from your new production, even if it is twice the quality.
    Point of view.

    Reply
    • Fabrizio
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Mitko,


      Well, maybe you could place a formal complaint with Luxottica and not with a
      seller? I am afraid we can do absolutlely nothing about where a producer
      decides to open a plant… Besides the fact that I may partially agree with
      you: Chinese are famous for producing cheap rubbish, but when they have to
      produce high quality products they are second to none.


      Best regards, Fabrizio


      Reply
  • Sujendran

    Hi,
    Right leg frame states Ray-Ban T CE.
    So where its manufactured?

    Reply
    • Fabrizio
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Sujendran,


      Does it look like either of the two marks pictured above?


      Best regards, Fabrizio


      Reply
      • Sujendran

        Yes its looks similar

        Reply
  • George J.

    Hi Kajal, Greetings from the island of Guam. I have an old Ray-Ban sunglasses that I would really like to replace. It's the best I've ever had and nothing else can replace the fit and the look. It says Made in Italy but can't read model number other than RB (all worn out)
    May I have the email address that I can send you a photo of? Is it possible to replace the lens if I send it to you?

    Reply
    • Fabrizio
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Dear George,


      First of all our email is info@lentiamo.co.uk


      However, we are not yet in the position to exchange lenses in sunglasses. We
      are in the process of starting the sale of prescription glasses and we will be
      able to sell frames without lenses, but no plans to replace lenses, at the
      moment.


      Best regards, Fabrizio


      Reply
  • Abe

    Most RB prescription frames are made in China. If they say made in Italy it is very likely fake. Ray Ban T stands for the Tristar manufacturing plant in China. The photograph above indicates original Chinese manufacturing.
    For the untrained eye, the easiest way to identify a fake is the packaging:
    1. The printed material is almost always a lower quality. Paperwise. Inkwise. Ink runoffs. Fuzzy text. Off center print.
    2. They come in a zip loc bag with Ray Ban or Luxottica printed on them. Tge bag should be clear.
    3. That is it. Case, cloth and box are very good quality. Hard to tell the difference for a novice.
    RX frames that sau made in Italy are most likely to be fake. If they say made in China you can be 100% comfident they are original. Fake goods never say made in China.

    Reply
    • Fabrizio
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Dear Abe,


      Thanks for the comment, which is partly correct.


      First of all Luxottica, an Italian firm, has plants in different parts of
      the world.


      Sunglasses made by RB are very often made in Italy, whilst prescription
      frames are often made in China.


      You can check all the information on the Ray-Ban official website.


      Best regards, Fabrizio


      Reply
  • Kajal

    Can you tell if there is any RayBan article with the model number RB4252I601/8G 51 20 140 3N ? Is it original?

    Reply
    • Fabrizio
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Kajal,


      I can't seem to find that specific model, but I can guarantee that all our
      products are original.


      Best regards, Fabrizio


      Reply

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