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After 15th-century Italian alchemists developed an opaque, white glass they called "lattimo" from latte , meaning milk, others refined the process.
In addition, the popularity of Chinese porcelain among European nobility fueled discovery and production of the white glass mimicking porcelain (lattimo).
To support these trends Murano artists and artisans returned to techniques of the past such as filigree, murrino, and lattimo.
The glass is developed using refined technologies such as crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass.