FBI helps with search for $2M Liberty Bell Ruby

    The FBI is involved in the search for a $2 million Liberty Bell sculpture made from the largest mined ruby in the world.

    The News Journal of Wilmington reports the ruby was found near Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa more than a half-century ago, and was sculpted into the shape of the Liberty Bell guarded by a bald eagle and decorated with 50 diamonds.

    Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington had kept the 5-inch, 4-pound Liberty Bell Ruby in its vault for about two years while trying to broker a deal to sell it before it was stolen in a smash-and-grab robbery in November.

    The California owners had hoped to sell it to a philanthropist who would donate it to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.

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