There was nothing special about the boat. And that made it perfect. I was looking for the deep sea fishing experience I’d never had before, to visit the ledges and wrecks where commercial charters rarely go. I got all that and more. The Captain looked the part. Scruffy beard. Cigarette dangling from his lips. And he certainly knew what he was doing. As we headed out, the sky turned black and the ocean churned. Other boats scrambled to get back in, but Hombre just kept pushing. When I suggested returning, all he said was, “It’ll pass.”
He was right. And I have the photo of a 6-foot shark to prove it. So, in Hombre’s honor I’ve decided to over the Black Onyx Mako Ring. Simple. Strong. And as black as the sky turned that day. The onyx is a rectangular-cut cabochon set in robustly constructed .925 sterling silver. Around its base we’ve wound an 18K gold-fused rope accent, and along its stout shoulders we’ve included detailed silver work reminiscent of the clouds and fish that are such a large part of a captain’s life. The inside of the ring is just as striking, with the same silver work embellishing the band beneath the steadfast onyx above. Every time I glance at that picture with my trophy fish, I think of Hombre. And now every time I wear this ring, I will do the same.