We’re all familiar with the Hermes brand, they’re the brains behind the famous Birkin Bag, a sleek holdall that offered plenty of room. Aside from the luxurious handbag, the brand is also well-known for their signature Clic Clac H Enamel Bracelets.
These Clic Clac H Enamel Bracelets, because of their impeccably simplistic and easy design, are easy for counterfeiters to replicate. This really makes you wonder whether the Hermes bracelets you came across were actually real or not.
Remember when you came across a private seller who was selling their used bracelet, or when your aunt returned from a trip to Macau, saying that she bought a ‘Hermes’ bracelet during her trip, and when you met a friend sporting what they thought was an original.
In so many of these instances, you can sense it isn’t the real deal but just can’t put your finger on it. However, there are no dead giveaways, so we’ll tell you how to spot a fake Hermes bracelet.
As a luxury brand, Hermes takes strict measures in terms of quality; so, everything, down to the last tiny detail, needs to be perfect. From the packaging to the intricately molded corners, you need to focus on the details, because that’s where counterfeiters fail to meet the standard. Don’t look for clues in plain sight, but the subtle hints that we’ll explain.
Check the Clasp Screw
At first glance, the foremost thing to check is the screw on the clasp. All authentic Hermes Clic Clac H bracelets have a slot screw, which is used in high-end jewelry for being subtle and classy. On the other hand, counterfeit bracelets will have a Philips screw because they’re cheaper and easier to find.
Focus on the Letter H
For starters, look at the Letter ‘H’. The letter ‘H’ on Hermes Clic Clac bracelets always has the same proportions. The metal on the sides of the ‘H’ shouldn’t be smaller than the legs of the ‘H’. If it’s enough to add another leg, it’s a fake. You won’t need to break out a ruler for this one, and just a close-up focus is good enough to tell.
Look at the Packaging
This is where you’ll need to pay some extra attention, and it’s important that you get a chance to see its packaging in the first place. Since fake and authentic bracelets come in a bright orange box, it’s a little difficult to determine whether you’re looking at the real thing. However, the original shade of orange comes closest to Pantone 165 C.
The color of the font on the original packaging is actually a dark chocolatey brown, which many counterfeiters may mistake for black. Originally, the bag that the box comes in is supposed to have a slightly grainy texture, indicating the use of high-quality paper. A fake bag will be made of smooth paper, which would probably be lighter too.
In addition, the border on the box will be uneven for most counterfeit bracelets, because original Hermes’ packaging shows an even border on all sides.
Are there Extras?
Make sure to check the inside of the box; counterfeiters have a habit of adding extra stuff like a card. Comparatively, authentic Hermes bracelets never come with a card to prove legitimacy so be careful.
Feel Along the Edges of the Enamel
Authentic Hermes Enamel bracelets are made with an eye for even the smallest details, so it'll pay off to take a closer look at the enamel. Originally, the enamel and metal part of these bracelets are made separately and attached together.
Hence, you’ll find that originals have enamel that’s rounded from the edges and sides. Comparatively, fake bracelets have sharp edges and the enamel flushes into the metal part, which makes it a fake.
Check the Weight and Dimensions from the Website
Original Hermes bracelets are made from palladium or permabrass and feel heavier while wearing. Counterfeits are often lighter so check the original website for the weight and dimensions to make sure that you’re looking at an original.
In addition, original bracelets are designed to fit on the hand ergonomically, so they have an oval shape rather than circular. On the other hand, counterfeit bracelets are mostly circular in shape.
Where was it Made (Austria vs. France)
Initially, the enamel for Hermes bracelets was Austria-manufactured so they had a ‘Made in Austria’ stamp. The new Hermes enamel bracelets are produced in France from sometime around 2010, so they’re marked as ‘Made in France’. Only vintage pieces should have the ‘Made in Austria’ stamp, so if you see a bracelet listed as vintage but it has a contemporary stamp, it’s not the real thing.
Hermes Engraved on the Interior
Check inside the hinge to see the brand name written in upper case letters. Under the brand name, you’ll see a letter that represents the year in which the bracelet was produced. For more detail on the dating, we’ve added some extra information.
The Date Coding
There’s a special date code, marked by circles or squares, and a letter that corresponds the year in which the bracelet was produced. However, this system stopped in 2015, so the brand will be using a new system of dating their timeless bracelets. If it was made from 1946 to 1970, there will be a letter. Bracelets made from 1971 to 1996 have a letter marking and a circle, and if they’re made from 1997 till 2015, the letter is engraved with a square.
To conclude, the Hermes Clic Clac Enamel bracelets are truly a staple of timeless elegance, and they’re simply a must have that suit any occasion. However, if you’re paying the price of an original, it’s important that you get an authentic product. Keeping an eye out for these signs will help you spot a fake bracelet that doesn’t have the same finish and aesthetic as the original. Always make sure to purchase your bracelet from an authentic seller, and be wary of people selling second-hand bracelets.