These earrings are named after two beautiful Chiaras: Bl. Chiara "Luce" Badano and Chiara Corbella Petrillo! As I was trying to think of a name for these striped earrings I realized that both Chiaras are wearing stripes in their well known images! I figured naming these stripe earrings "Chiara" would remind us of them both!
Did you know that the name Chiara means "bright" or "light?" This is actually part of the reason why my daughter's middle name is Clairvaux! Claire is the English form of Chiara. Right around the time that I discovered I was pregnant with Maria I started to notice Bl. Chiara Badano everywhere. I decided to pray a novena to her for my unborn child as I did not know yet whether Maria was a boy or a girl. I did have a strong feeling though that she was a girl. My sweet husband wanted to book our very first ultrasound so he booked it for October 29th with no idea that this day was Bl. Chiara's feast day! He also didn't know that I was praying a Bl. Chiara novena to end on her feast day! Through much prayer and discussion my husband and I decided to name our daughter Maria Clairvaux. Maria for our Blessed Mother who is our brightest light and Clairvaux because it was St. Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote a beautiful prayer called "Look to the Star, call upon Mary."
We did not forget about Bl. Chiara either. Our daughter is also named after Bl. Chiara in particular because Clairvaux has the english version of Chiara within it. Bl. Chiara has a special place in my heart and I know that she is special to my little light, Maria.
I love book recommendations so if you would like to read more about these two beautiful Chiara's I have linked two books below!