Entrepreneur and Broadcaster Gráinne Seoige founded Grace Diamonds, Ireland’s newest high-end, bespoke, custom designed diamond jewellery dealer – offering a premium service to the Irish market. The collection is made up of signature engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets and occasion pieces. The diamonds are sourced and certified from the world class South African Diamond sourcing area of Pretoria.
After their own magical journey of designing and manufacturing her engagement ring, Irish TV star and style icon Gráinne Seoige and her South African fiancé Leon Jordaan founded Grace Diamonds, offering something fresh and on-trend that’s not been seen before in the Irish jewellery market – affordability and luxury without compromise.
The variety of collections reflect a mix of both Irish and South African design, heritage, and authenticity. The brand encompasses the epitome of style, elegance and old school glamour, a reflection of Gráinne’s own classic style. For decades Your Diamonds, the South African diamond dealer and diamond jewellery manufacturing experts have created fabulous jewelled pieces for the retail clients, corporate markets, royal families and industry moguls all over the world. The diamonds are sourced from an area that has given us the world famous Cullinan diamonds, which have been sought out for inclusion in some of the world’s most priceless royal jewels.
Raised in Spiddal, a small seaside village in Connemara in the West of Ireland, Gráinne’s parents raised her in a bilingual household. Educated at Mercy Convent, Spiddal, County Galway, Gráinne graduated with honours in English, Sociology and Political Science from University College Galway before completing a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications for Television and Radio, also at UCG.
She began her career on October 31, 1996 with the launch of Teilifís na Gaeilge – the Irish language channel (now TG4) anchoring the 10pm news bulletin. Her command of Irish was an obvious asset but so too were her unflappable interview style and her good looks. She moved to TV3 for it’s launch in 1998, and worked there for five years where she anchored its daily news bulletins. She also occasionally presented the station’s breakfast show, Ireland AM. During her time with TV3 she covered many big stories, including broadcasting by herself for seven and a half hours of live news on the channel on 9/11.
In May 2004, Gráinne was hired as launch anchor for Sky News Ireland. She also worked at Sky’s London network headquarters, presenting – over a period – all bulletins between midnight and midday including Sky News Today from 9am to 12pm, and Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes. She is the only news anchor to have presented the inaugural news bulletins on two Irish terrestrial stations – TG4 and TV3, and she is the only television personality to have worked with all four Irish television stations – TG4, TV3, Sky News Ireland and RTÉ.
In 2004, she was a very popular winner of the VIP Style Award. She was presented with the Hewlett Packard Award for Irish at the 2007 NUIG Alumni Awards for services to the Irish language Gráinne went on to become Features Editor for Daybreak. This position took her from the military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, to the slums of Delhi, to the plains of Kenya and even deep inside the Arctic Circle reporting into the show. As well as filling in as presenter with Dan Lobb.
Gráinne has also presented the the All Ireland Talent Show on RTE and Crimecall. She presented RTÉ’s flagship late-afternoon daytime show, Seoige for three seasons. She has also presented the prestigious People of the Year Awards for the 4 years, and has co-presented Television’s Up For The Match for several years.
As Patron of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), she also works with Focus Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society and in her spare time she follows Gaelic Football and Manchester United.
Gráinne was Features Editor on Daybreak, ITV’s breakfast show and this job took her from the military base at camp Bastion to the slums of Delhi and the plains of Kenya. Gráinne then went on to be a presenter on the BBC One Series “That’s Britain” along with Julia Bradbury and Nick Knowles and most recently she was co-presenter of Crime Call on RTE One.