2015 News Releases

July 16, 2015

Lucara's Exceptional Stone Tender Generates US $68.7 Million in Sales

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 16, 2015) - Lucara Diamond Corp. ("Lucara" or the "Company") (TSX:LUC)(BOTSWANA:LUC)(NASDAQ OMX Stockholm:LUC), is pleased to announce the results from its first Exceptional Stone Tender of 2015.

The special tender of Karowe diamonds was completed on July 16, 2015 and consisted of 14 single stone lots. All 14 diamonds, totaling 1,674 carats were sold for gross revenues of US $68.71 million (US $41,028 per carat).

Highlights:

  • 12 diamonds sold for more than US $1.0 million each including 5 stones which sold for in excess of US $4.0 million each.
  • Lot 701, the 341.9 carat Type IIa diamond (discovery announced April 20, 2015), sold for US $20.55 million (US $60,114/ct).
  • Lot 702, the 269.7 carat diamond, sold for US $16.54 million (US $61,304/ct).

For the catalogue and images of the diamonds sold in this and previous Exceptional Stone Tenders, please go to the Lucara website at www.lucaradiamond.com.

William Lamb, President and CEO, commented, "This is another amazing result, demonstrating not just the sustainable quality of the diamonds being produced but also the robustness of the exceptional stone market. The sales values achieved for the two large stones demonstrates the quality of diamonds which the south lobe is producing.

We will continue to work on optimizing our sales strategy to obtain the best value for these diamonds and for our shareholders."

About Lucara

Lucara Diamond Corp. is a high quality diamond producer from its 100% owned Karowe Mine in Botswana. The Company has an experienced board and management team with extensive diamond development and operations expertise. The Company also holds a 75% interest in the Mothae Project in Lesotho which has completed a trial mining program.

On behalf of the Board,

William Lamb, President and CEO

Information in this release is accurate at the time of distribution but may be superseded or qualified by subsequent news releases.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Lucara Diamond Corp. under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on July 16, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made, and they are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company believes that expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information included herein should not be unduly relied upon. In particular, this release may contain forward-looking information pertaining to the following: the estimates of the Company's mineral reserve and resources; estimates of the Company's production and sales volumes for the Karowe Mine; estimated costs to construct the Karowe Mine, start-up, exploration and development plans and objectives, production costs, exploration and development expenditures and reclamation costs; expectation of diamond price and changes to foreign currency exchange rate; expectations regarding the need to raise capital; possible impacts of disputes or litigation and other risks and uncertainties describe under Risks and Uncertainties disclosed in the Company's Annual Information Form.

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