How to Spot Genuine Ray-Bans

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How to Spot Genuine Ray-Bans
Ray-Ban's Wayfarer style has been a popular "faux" model. (Sunglasses on checkerboard image by jfsears from

Ray-Bans are a high-end brand of sunglasses, and should feel and wear as such. Not only can fakes hurt your pocketbook and your ego, but they can also hurt your eyes, as they often do not have the same UV protection that you will find on Ray-Ban lenses. Ray-Bans typically run from £65 to £130, so if the pair you find is significantly less than that, they are probably counterfeit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Check for the authenticity and warranty cards, as well as the distribution sticker. It should have the brand name as Ray-Ban, not RayBan or Ray Ban. It should also have a serial number that starts with RB and is followed by four digits.

  2. 2

    Find the interlocking "RB" etching on the top corner of the lenses, as well as the interior and exterior of the temples. This should not be painted on, nor should you be able to scratch the logo off. The interlocking "RB" logo should also be on the nose pads. Note that some of the aviator or thin-metal styles do not have the etching on the exterior of the temples, though you should still find it somewhere on the frames.

  3. 3

    Examine the sunglasses case. The cases are typically soft, and contain a cleaning cloth with the Ray-Ban logo on them as well as a care sheet. If the glasses don't come with a case, you are probably dealing with a fake.

  4. 4

    Move the temple hinges in and out. They should move easily, without catching or becoming loose.

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