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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses - a detailed 5 step guide

Vojtěch Brtinský

Medically reviewed by Vojtěch Brtinský, Optometrist, on 23 Nov 2020
Written by Leonie Bauer

Stylish, modern and incredibly popular – Ray-Ban sunglasses are once again in fashion 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 that will help you distinguish original Ray-Ban sunglasses from counterfeits!

1. Look for complete packaging

Box, case, microfibre cloth, and a booklet – these are all components of a proper Ray-Ban packaging. Even if only a single item is missing, you might be buying a fake. However, you should still be wary even if everything’s there. You can tell if it’s a fake by paying attention to several other details:

Ray-Ban complete packaging

In the picture above you can see an example of how the original packaging is supposed to look. You can tell if it is a fake by observing several other details:

  • The logo on the front side of the box is in poor-quality print, and it can be wiped off with a finger.
  • There is no sticker on the side of the box with information about the manufacturer and sunglasses model.
  • There is no logo on the case. The logo should state: 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 on it.

2. Inspect the frames

Frame check 1

Look at both temples carefully. There should be a code on the inner left part, identifying the number and colour of the model. The code always begins with the letters RB and four digits, followed by more numbers and letters.

Frame check 2

As far as the inner right temple is concerned, look for the words „Made in Italy“ or „Made in China“, or for the letters CE (not all models have those, though). If you buy prescription Ray-Ban glasses, the inner right side will have a logo only. 

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Original Ray-Bans have the following information:

  • 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)

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 the nose pads

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


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

4. Think about the protection of your eyes

Be cautious and buy Ray-Ban eyewear only from certified resellers. Inexpensive sunglasses might offer poor light protection, which can greatly deteriorate over time.

Without proper UV filters, dark lenses cause the pupils to widen, allowing harmful UV rays to enter the eye (even more than if you had no glasses at all!). This can lead to a painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and the cornea.

category of UV filter for sunglasses

This is characterised by red, watery and burning eyes as well as pain and a strong sensitivity to glare. The symptoms develop six to eight hours after exposure to the sun. However, permanent damage is usually not to be expected.


5. Pay attention to CE marking

Over the years, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can damage the eye lens and thus promote cataracts. The disease is insidious and leads to blurred vision, a veil of grey and glare. The damage is irreversible. However, cataracts can be operated on.

It is therefore important to check before purchasing whether the spectacles have a CE mark, which is mandatory in Europe. With this marking, the manufacturer indicates that the spectacles have a UV protection for light with a wavelength of up to 380 nanometres. Harmful light, however, can reach up to 400 nanometres. An additional UV400 label 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

  • 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
    • Cristiana
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hi,



      As far as we know, the length should be indicated inside the code. You can
      check the seller here: href="https://www.ray-ban.com/uk/store-locator?reseller=www.lentiamo.co.uk">https://www.ray-ban.com/…tore-locator?…
      or contact Ray-Ban to verify it.



      Regards,




      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 href="mailto:info@lentiamo.co.uk">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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