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. 

Quality Control

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.

5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT HERMÈS JEWELRY

 

After 180 years in business, Hermès has been at the center of some of the fashion’s biggest status symbols, from its It-bags to its coveted jewelry. We rounded up five little-known facts about Hermès jewelry that will surprise even some of the brand’s biggest fans!

1. The Clic Clac bracelet is not the official name of the iconic Hermès bracelet.
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While fans dubbed this Hermès enamel bracelet the Clic Clac, it’s actually named the Hermès H Bracelet. The Hermès H Bracelet prominently features the Hermès H as its clasp, flanked on either side by colored enamel. The Hermès H earned its moniker the Clic Clac bracelet because of the sound the bracelet makes when it’s taken on or off.

The Hermès H Clic Clac is available in three sizes, in 100 enamel colors with three hardware options: silver, gold, and now rose gold. Hermès shoppers can pseudo-customize their H Bracelets which has spurred a sort of collect-them-all air around these fan-favorite bracelets.

2. Hermès began as a manufacturer of luxury goods… for horses.
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The founder of Hermès, Thierry Hermès, began his career in 1837 making horse harnesses for the European noble class. Hermès received critical praise for his craftsmanship and was awarded the first prize in its class at the 1855 and later the 1867 Expositions Universelles in Paris for his carriage bridles. From there Hermès production expanded to include saddles, saddle bags, golf jackets, and leather bags. In fact, it wasn’t until the mid-1950s that Hermès began designing and producing jewelry.

3. Hermès partnered with a nomadic African tribe to produce silver jewelry. 
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The Tuareg people are a semi-nomadic tribe that live in northern Africa throughout Libya, Algeria, Niger and the Saharan desert. The tribe is particularly noted for their indigo blue-colored veils, worn by men that is believed to ward off evil spirits, and their traditional hand-crafted art. Tuareg art largely takes the form of silver jewelry, decorative saddles, and meter-long swords called takoba.

In the early 1990s, a French tour guide and an art collector appealed to Hermès for aid to help the skilled Tuareg blacksmiths receive fair trade prices for their silver goods. In turn, Hermès and the Tuareg tribesmen partnered to produce their silver jewelry. Hermès also incorporates the tribe’s traditional motifs into prints for Hermès scarves, ties and other goods.

4. Alfred Hitchcock can be credited for the popularity of the Hermès Kelly handbag and bracelet.
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Although the Hermès Kelly bag (or the Sac à Dépêches as it was first named) dates back to 1892, its popularity sky-rocketed in 1954, thanks, in part, to legendary film-maker Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock permitted costume designer Edith Head to purchase Hermès accessories to dress actress Grace Kelly for his film To Catch a Thief. It is rumored that Kelly immediately fell in love with the Hermès handbag and carried it off-screen as well. The style icon famously shielded her face from the photo-snapping paparazzi with her large Hermès bag while out with her new husband, Prince Rainier III. After the photo ran in Life magazine, the handbag was an immediate It-bag sensation and thereafter referred to as the Hermès Kelly bag. However, it wasn’t officially renamed by Hermès until 1977. Hermès would later release the Kelly Bracelet which was inspired by the famous bag’s closure.

5. Hermès jewelry has an elaborate stamped date code system.
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Hermès leather goods, including its jewelry and handbags, are all stamped with a series of letters and shapes to identify when the item was made. For instance, handbags stamped with an E inside of a circle were produced in 1976 and an R inside of a square was made in 2014. Beside the date code, there are additional stamps to trace back the artisan or shop that produced that specific Hermès leather good.

Hermès was one of the first brands to adopt this stamped date code system. These stamps are known as blind stamps so they are embossed into the leather directly without color. They are also hand-stamped so the stamp will sometimes appear uneven or quite faint.

The date code is especially helpful when evaluating the authenticity of an Hermès piece. And while these codes are easily found online, some counterfeiters are too haphazard to stamp the correct code. Therefore, when shopping for any pre-owned Hermès goods, cross-reference the date code and the product listing to ensure the stamps and the description align correctly.