Mrinalini Cariapa, founded Flames of the Forest, an exclusive collection of designer jewelry, in 2006. The passionate designer travels extensively to source rare semi-precious gems, - like Coral Fossil, Jaspers, Solar Quartz, Lodolite - and sets them in Sterling Silver, turning them into unique wearable jewelry. Occasionally, on her quests for these gems, she stumbles upon the odd raw Emerald, unpolished Aquamarine or streaked Turquoise, and handcrafts these rare stones into magnificent works of art. Her designs draw inspiration from nature, making them appealing to women of any age. These timeless creations are the perfect accessories to both, ethnic and western wear. Being highly qualified in the discipline of jewelry and semi-precious stones, this conscientious artisan takes special care that the stones she uses have not been dyed or treated with any unnatural process.
Mrinalini has designed and handcrafted jewellery throughout school and college, initially using materials like wood and glass beads, before choosing to pursue her passion and gaining specialized knowledge on the subject. Besides making jewelry, the young designer holds workshops - a great way for a layperson to get a hands-on experience designing and crafting jewellery. Handcrafting each other’s engagement rings has become an increasingly popular trend among urban couples today. This fun activity was conceptualized by Mrinalini and is available upon request at her studio in Whitefield, Bangalore. In the last few years, her unusual designs have gained immense popularity.